The Oceanarium and Education Center

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Your Support Matters to The Oceanarium

Your support buoys us. With you by our side, we are able to sustain operations from caring for our resident animals to stewarding the next generation through learning programs and taking action for animals and our blue planet.

Donations to the Oceanarium help us further our mission to provide 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.

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We use PayPal to accept donations online. At checkout, you can choose to send a one-time donation or set up recurring payments monthly or yearly.

You may also donate to us by check or in person. Contact us about other ways to donate.

Suggested Donation Amounts
  • $20
  • $50
  • $100
  • $250
  • $500
  • Custom Amounts
  • Make a one time donation.
  • Make this a recurring monthly donation.
  • Make this a recurring annual donation.

The Oceanarium and Education Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and donations are tax deductible. Our TIN is 85-4186927.

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When you make a donation, you can recognize someone special with it. You can also be credited personally, or remain anonymous. Simply tell us by entering information in the “Personal Message/Instructions” field during checkout.

You may also donate to us by check or in person. Contact us about other ways to donate.

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Become a Member

  • Individual Membership: $50.00 per year
  • Family Membership (up to five people): $125.00 per year

Both Family and Individual memberships can be expanded; more people may be listed for an additional $25.00 per name.

Contact us about becoming a member.

All Members Enjoy
  • Free admission to the Oceanarium for the membership year
  • 10% discount at the Museum Store
  • 10% off additional passes when guests join you 
  • 10% returning member discount on next year’s membership
  • Pride in knowing your membership dues support our mission

Memberships are valid from January 1 to December 31 of the membership year, with free admission during our regular opening hours. 

We are working to develop reciprocity agreements with partner aquariums and museums. We hope to finalize these partnerships for the 2024 season.


If you have the means to make a larger contribution, please consider becoming an Oceanarium Contributor, Friend or Ambassador today. Membership at these levels is also for up to five people, and greatly increases our ability to fulfill our mission.

Contributor – $300.00

Contributors receive Family membership benefits with two guest passes, plus 10% discount on renting Oceanarium facilities for private functions and recognition in the Oceanarium’s annual report.

Oceanarium Friend – $500.00

Friends receive Contributor benefits with two additional guest passes (four total), plus invitations to group behind-the-scenes experiences.

Oceanarium Ambassador – $1,000.00

Ambassadors receive Friend benefits with four additional guest passes (eight total), plus an “Evening with the Animals”: a private event with beer/wine and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate your commitment to the Oceanarium and its mission.

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Work/Volunteer Opportunities

The Oceanarium welcomes support through work and volunteerism. We invite you to contact us today to inquire about opportunities to help through volunteering time and resources in support of our mission.
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