We are OPEN for April Vacation every day except April 20th

Hours: 10 am – 4 pm. Click here for dates and details


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Help Sustain your Ocean Explorium

Please join the Ocean Explorium on our path towards Sustainability.


The Ocean Explorium has launched its Annual Appeal.  As you know, we have had a challenging year with funding and are constantly seeking new and sustainable sources of revenue.  Our Annual Appeal is one part of our fundraising efforts.  All funds raised directly support the Educational Programs at the Ocean Explorium.  Please consider giving today.

Click Here to learn about the amazing things we have been up to this past year! 

Handicapped Access to Explorium Temporarily Unavailable

Landlord is undertaking major repairs to the elevator

Estimated time down two weeks or more effective 4/11/14

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Are You Ready for Spring Vacation?

Spring Vacation at the Ocean Explorium

Come check out some plankton under a microscope!

Come check out some plankton under a microscope!

From Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 27, the Ocean Explorium will be open for Spring Vacation!

The theme for this years vacation week will be “Plankton Week.”

Activities include examining samples under a microscope and inspecting the equipment that scientists use to collect them.  A Plankton matching game challenges visitors to pair larval forms with adult forms.

Let’s not forget Earth Day!  On Tuesday, April 22, activities will include seed-planting and special presentations on Science on a Sphere®.

Visit our Newest Exhibit!

Picture3Have you ever wondered what lives at the bottom of the Ocean?  Here is your chance to learn more.  We are pleased to announce our newest exhibit: Global Viewport for Virtual Exploration of Deep-Sea Vents  The exhibit includes brand new content for the Science on a Sphere and exhibits, including the Alvin Viewport and physical specimens from Hydrothermal Vents.  The exhibit is made possible through a NSF (National Science Foundation) grant in collaboration with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  Dr. Stace Beaulieu, Principal Investigator, and her team have been collecting and analyzing life at Hydrothermal Vents for years.  Come visit this engaging new addition and be sure to watch the SOS presentations, take our survey, and win a special prize.

Plan Your Visit

Ray home page circleCheck out our latest review from Tripadvisor: “We had a Groupon, but this museum really was worth paying full price. Our group included 4 adults and 3 kids, ages 10, 5 and 3. A good time was had by all! I was so impressed by this small museum — from the employees who greeted us at the door to the employees who remembered the kids’ names upon our departure and took the time to say goodbye. The focus here is on education and cool hands-on activities, wherever possible. All staff were knowledgeable and clearly showed their passion for the ocean and its inhabitants. They were also great with kids, who got to hold shellfish and “pet” sting rays and small sharks.“ check our schedule

Rent The OE

Rent the Ocean Explorium, the most unique venue on the SouthCoast. The Ocean Explorium is a picture-perfect venue for every occasion, corporate and social. The former New Bedford Institution for Savings bank is an elegant setting for celebrations, while our education center is fully equipped to meet your business presentation needs. Consider a tour today!

Adopt a Habitat

Can’t get enough of one of our amazing living exhibits? Looking for a creative gift for your budding marine biologist? Why not Adopt-a-Habitat? Get a habitat information pack, book and toy as well as monthly email updates and breaking news on your habitat. Click here to adopt your own habitat.