Ocean Explorium

Ocean Explorium


The Ocean Explorium is a combined aquarium and science museum bringing exciting marine animals and educational exhibits to downtown New Bedford and the South Coast. It is an entertaining, educational, and curiosity-inspiring place to for children as well as adults. The Ocean Explorium aims to make itself a center of public education for ocean science, emphasizing environmental preservation and science literacy.

The Explorium and all its animals and exhibits are located within the walls of a beautiful neoclassical building downtown. There is a ray and shark touch tank, with rays and small sharks. It is safe for kids, who get the opportunity to see and feel, these marine animals.

There is also the Living Ocean exhibit, which features a flourishing coral reef aquarium filled with bright and colorful organisms. This exhibit also features locally important marine organisms, such as scallops and fish of New England. There are also tanks with wondrous jellyfish and extraordinary seahorses. Anyone who enjoyed Pixar’s Finding Nemo will delight in the Anenome Fish exhibit, home to clownfish like Nemo himself.

Bridging the aquarium and scientific parts of the Ocean Explorium is the Living Laboratory. Here, visitors have the rare opportunity to see baby marine organisms, such as larval lobsters, shark eggs, baby seahorses, and growing coral colonies. The young organisms are delicate at this stage of their lives, so visitors will gain an appreciation for the importance environmental stability.

To further emphasize this point, environmental issues are presented at the Science on a Sphere exhibit. High-speed computers, projectors, and advanced imaging work together to project an image of the Earth onto a large 3-D globe. Climate change, ocean currents, weather patters, and human populations are presented in a dynamic way that truly brings the concepts to life.

Visit the Ocean Explorium today to learn about marine science in a city with such a historic relationship with the oceans!

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