Ocean Explorium

174 Union St., New Bedford, MA 02740 Directions
+15089945400
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Report | 6 months ago
It probably only takes a hour to see everything if it's adults only, but if you add the kids it will take about 2 hours. My boys LOVED it here and we have been back a few times even though it is about an hour from our house to get there.
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Report | a year ago
Great for younger kids
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Report | a year ago
The staff is amazing & very neutering towards kids. Great learning experience & the kids being allowed to handle some of the sea life was great. I recommend letting your kids feed be part of the feeding program. It is a few bucks extra but worth it.
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Report | a year ago
Great for little kids. On the small side, is one big room, but it's definitely worth the money. Very interactive, shark and ray touch tank was a huge hit with me and the kids. Will be going back soon.
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Report | a year ago
Great place for the kiddos! All of the curators were very friendly and informative! Highly recommended!
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Report | a year ago
We had an amazing time the kids enjoyed themselves and would go back again
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Report | 2 years ago
This place was awesome. It was a manageable size, reasonably priced, great fun for all our kids (7, 6, 4 and 6 mos). The touch tank was incredible. And the staff was terrific. This is a must do!
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Report | 2 years ago
AWESOME TIME PETTING SHARKS, THE STAFF WAS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND FRIENDLY
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Report | 2 years ago
This place was smaller than I expected, but it entertained my kids for a couple of hours. The staff is excellent!!!
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Report | 2 years ago
Such a great experience, will be returning!
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It would take months of sea travel, extensive scuba certifications, and fluency in several crustacean dialects to find—let alone interact with—all the creatures found in Ocean Explorium's interactive exhibits. The science center emphasizes environmental stewardship and scientific literacy through several educational habitats such as touch tanks of local aquatic wildlife—including New Bedford's world-famous scallops and schools of rays and sharks. The Living Laboratory exhibit brings visitors face to face with sea creatures such as baby sharks, shark egg cases, coral farm, and moon jellies. Beyond the up-close encounters with denizens of the deep, Ocean Explorium also enlightens patrons with a variety of non-living displays. The Explorer's Zone presents scientific experiments that reveal the workings of the natural world through hands-on exhibits themed around different weekly topics, and Discovery Bay enthralls children aged eight or younger with games, puzzles, and a sand and water table. Advanced computers construct a three-dimensional image of our home planet as it appears from outer space in the Science on a Sphere exhibit, displaying global weather patterns in real time or replaying natural phenomena from history, such as the time it rained men.

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