The Oceanarium and Education Center

The Oceanarium and Education Center

The Oceanarium and Education Center

The Oceanarium and Education Center

Come Explore Maine’s Coastal Habitat and Marine Life

The Gulf of Maine is home to uncountable bizarre and otherworldly creatures that live beneath the waves, atop the waves, and along our shores. It’s also home to numerous coastal communities whose residents make their living from the sea and visitors from near and far who enjoy our beaches, marshes, and waterways.

The mission of the Oceanarium is to bring a small piece of this exotic world to the surface so visitors can gain a window into the everyday lives of these incredible creatures and the lives of people who depend on them.

Hours

April ~ School groups only, by appointment only
May ~ Open Wednesday to Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm
June to August ~ Open every day, 9 am to 4 pm
September to October ~ Open Wednesday to Sunday, 9 am to 4 pm
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Celebrate the Gulf of Maine and the Extraordinary Life Within It
Maine Ocean Festival

Join the Oceanarium for a day of live music, games, ocean-oriented vendors, speakers, entertainers, and presenters!

DATE: June 8, 2024
TIME: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
WHERE: The Oceanarium, Bar Harbor, Maine

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Plan Your Visit to the Oceanarium

The Oceanarium and Education Center is located on the beautiful coast of Maine within historic Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island. We are open seasonally to visitors of all ages, from May through October each year.
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Get Involved

The generosity of supporters helps the Oceanarium care for resident animals and steward the next generation through learning programs and activities. The Oceanarium invites supporters to make contributions, become Oceanarium members, or volunteer.
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About Us

The Oceanarium provides educational exhibits and programs for all ages on local ecology, marine biology and research, citizen science, dark skies, fisheries and aquaculture, and STEM education in partnership with Maine schools and others.
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Our Exhibits

Climb Aboard Our 29-Foot Authentic Indoor Lobster Boat
Climb Aboard Our 29-Foot Authentic Indoor Lobster Boat

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2000 Gallons of Authentic Gulf of Maine Habitat in Nine Tanks
2000 Gallons of Authentic Gulf of Maine Habitat in Nine Tanks

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Home to Rare Blue, Calico, and Orange Maine Lobsters
Home to Rare Blue, Cotton Candy, and Orange Maine Lobsters

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650-Gallon Touch Pool Brimming with Sea Stars, Crabs, and More
650-Gallon Touch Pool Brimming with Sea Stars, Crabs, and More

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Marine Museum featuring Piccolina a juvenile Humpback Whale Skeleton

 

Museum Shop

The Oceanarium Museum Shop GoodsThe Oceanarium Museum Shop GoodsThe Oceanarium museum store is curated by Celeste Deeny, our store manager. It features an impressive array of treasures for kids and adults. Her inspiration in choosing items comes from being a mom who encouraged her children to learn through discovery and play.

The museum store is filled with toys and books for children that inspire exploration in nature, creativity, and being outdoors. We also have a wonderful selection of locally-sourced food and gifts from makers around Maine, including home goods, T-shirts, accessories, books, and art. The products we sell are high quality and eco-friendly.