The Oceanarium and Education Center

Plan Your Visit to the Oceanarium

Hours

  • May 15 to May 26, Open Wednesday to Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • May 29 to September 1, Open every day, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • September 4 to October 27, Open Wednesday to Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Oceanarium is located on the beautiful coast of Maine within historic Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Island.


Address: 1351 ME 3, Bar Harbor, ME 04609 (we are located one mile from the head of Mt. Desert Island on Thomas Bay).

Single Day Tickets & Admission

  • Adults 19 to 64: $17.50
  • Students 13 to 18 or with college ID: $16.00
  • Seniors 65 to 89: $15.00
  • Children 3 to 12: $14.00
  • Veterans and Active Military: $13.00
  • Toddlers (0 to 2) and Seniors 90+: FREE

Season Passes

The season pass includes daily admission to Oceanarium and Education Center from May to October 2024.

  • Individual: $50.00
  • Couple: $75.00
  • Family (up to 5 people): $125.00
  • Add a person to any pass: $25.00

Get Season Pass
You’ll receive an email receipt from our payment processor “Givebutter.com” after purchasing your season pass online. The email will also contain a PDF of your pass which you can print or display on your phone.

Group Sizes & Pricing

The Oceanarium and Education Center welcomes groups of 10 to 50 people anytime we’re open (groups over 50 are also possible with special arrangements). Please email fun@theoceanarium.org to arrange.

Adult and Mixed Groups

  • Small Groups: 10-19 people, $12.00/person. Advance notice is helpful but not required.
  • Large Groups: 20 or more people, $9.00/person. Advance notice required.

Children’s Groups (any size)

Non-school Children’s Groups (summer camps, YMCAs, etc.): $7.00/person

  • Designated chaperones are required for children’s groups at a ratio of 1 chaperone for every 8 kids. Designated chaperones are free; extra chaperones and other adults are welcome and also pay $7.00/person.
  • In the case of special needs or similar circumstances, additional free chaperones can be designated with permission of the Oceanarium. 

School/Student Groups

  • All student groups are $5.00 per student (or non-chaperone adult). This includes public schools, private schools, and homeschool groups.
  • Designated chaperones are required for student groups, at a ratio of 1 chaperone for every 8 kids. Designated chaperones are free; extra chaperones and other adults are welcome and also pay $5.00/person.
  • In the case of special needs or similar circumstances, additional free chaperones can be designated with permission of the Oceanarium. 
  • School groups in spring and fall are best served when we’re closed to the public, but can be accommodated when we’re open.

Our Exhibits

29-Foot Authentic Indoor Lobster Boat ›
2000 Gallons of Authentic Gulf of Maine Habitat in Nine Tanks ›
Rare Blue, Cotton Candy, & Orange Maine Lobsters ›
650-Gallon Touch Pool ›