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The Ocean Explorium has closed its public hours.

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On August 8 we announced that the Ocean Explorium will move to the Buttonwood Park Zoo. While public hours at the downtown facility will cease on August 31, special programs – field trips, group visits, birthday parties and outreach experiences – will continue through the Fall.   Also, the Buttonwood Park Zoological Society will honor Ocean Explorium memberships from September 1 until the membership expires.

Programs and assets, including the Science on a Sphere®, on permanent loan from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will move to the zoo to continue as integral components of the OE’s educational programs. A three-phase fundraising campaign, led by the OE, will be needed to support the move:  first phase funds will move Science on a Sphere®; second phase funds will renovate the Zoo’s Aquatic Center, required for the OE’s marine exhibits.

We hope you will help us meet this new challenge – establishing a permanent home and sustainable future for the programs and exhibits that New Bedford and the SouthCoast have come to love. Contribute now and help the Ocean Explorium MOVE TO THE ZOO!


You can still participate in Education Programs!  Details Below!

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Looking for exceptional Programs for the fall?

G clown 2_optGroup Visits are a great way to experience the Ocean Explorium with educators on hand to answer all your questions! $4 for kids, $6 for adults. Click HERE for details!

Birthday Parties are a big hit at the Ocean Explorium for kids and parents alike!  With our FALL BOOKING INCENTIVES now is the time to book your party!  Make sure to pass this info along to anyone you know who has a fall birthday! $10/child, $4 per adults. Click HERE for details!

Field Trips to the Ocean Explorium are a useful tool for reinforcing concepts learned in class while immersing students in the world of water. All field trips integrate the Massachusetts State Frameworks with hands-on learning and live animal touch experiences. Up to $3 off regular price for each student! Click HERE for details!

Outreach Events with the Ocean Explorium bring the excitement and learning to YOU!  Choose baby sharks, coral farming, or tide pool animals! With Fall Booking Incentives ($65-$75), these programs are not only a great deal, they are fun and educational too!  All outreaches are HANDS-ON and include live animal touch experiences. Click HERE for details!

Fall Exploration Camp: After School Programming!

Sign up online by clicking HERE!


Start date has been pushed back one week!
New start date is September 18th!
Sign up while you still can!

  • Thursdays 3:30pm to 5:00pm

  • Programming runs for 8 weeks

  • September 18th through November 6th

  • Cost: $120 for entire session!

Visit us at the Zoo

Ray home page circleWe are thrilled to begin our programs at the Zoo. This Fall, we will have Ocean Explorium Explorer Zone Days at the Buttonwood Park Zoo!. Here’s your chance to learn a little more about our planet and amazing animals that call the ocean home. The Ocean Explorium will be at the Zoo from 1-3pm on Saturdays, Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15 and Dec 13.

The Saturday Themes are:
September 20: Water
October 18: Geology
November 15: Invertebrates
December 13: Solar System