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“explore the sea life”
Located on the water in beautiful West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the aquarium is operated by the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR). This educational facility was built in 1993 along with the state's new fisheries research station. The interior floor plan, support systems and exhibits were completed in 1995. The main gallery resembles the rocky coast of Maine. A collection of regional fish and invertebrates can be seen hidden within the granite-like cliffs. Interactive displays, including numerous touch tanks, encourage discovery learning. The aquarium features extraordinary lobsters of all sizes and colors. Our giants (up to 23 lbs!) like to show off their mammoth claws. Colorful marine life, including red sea anemones and purple sunstars, can be seen in the "Downeast" tank. Visitors will be entertained by the behaviors of live northern shrimp and the appearance of bottom-dwelling fish. The Maine State Aquarium exhibits a variety of sportfish that are of major interest to anglers. At center stage is an 850 gallon tank that is filled with sharks and skates. Experience the thrill of petting a live shark and discover the roughness of a skate's skin. A special attraction is the 20 foot long elevated touch tank that houses a multitude of invertebrates. Feel the spiny skin of a sea star or sea urchin and get squirted by a sea cucumber or scallop. Watch the moon snail pull in its enormous "gooey" foot and be fascinated by the sea star retracting its stomach.
A highlight of our weeks vacation. So reasonable at $7 to get in and so fun, educational and a great experience. The lobster seminar was very nice and informational. We loved the touch tank and... Read more
Likely, when you think of an Aquarium you are thinking BIG and FULL of aquatic life... This is not the case. This is a very small, but well kept aquarium and the grounds are very well groomed and... Read more
I've lived in Maine most of my life and somehow missed the Aquarium entirely. I'm glad to finally tick this box off, though, as I recently came on a sunny July afternoon. I'm a single adult with... Read more
Maine State Aquarium
- Sun, Wed - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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