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; third phase funds will be used to build a new pavilion at the Zoo to house the Ray and Shark Touch Tank.

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 visit us in our downtown location!  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!


Plan Your Visit

Ray home page circleCheck out one of our latest review from Tripadvisor: “There are bigger aquariums…and they come with much bigger price tags! We went to the Ocean Explorium with our daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren, ages 5 and 6. There is more to this place than you can imagine from the outside. It is housed in a former bank building that is beautiful inside and out. There is a rich history in the bank alone and the safe is worth checking out! Now on to the Explorium. There are the usual tanks of fish, sea horses and jelly fish which are fun to watch. There is also a coral tank, some hands on tanks (my grandson held a crab!) and a ray and shark touch tank that we all put our hands into. The discovery center has a lot of hands-on activities including a large amount of books about the ocean and its inhabitants. You could spend hours in there alone. A few crafts and games add to the learning experiences. The Science Sphere is fascinating and a don’t miss exhibit. The staff is helpful and we connected with an intern that added to our enjoyment of the displays. The price is very reasonable and they have senior discounts that start at age 55, as well as a AAA discount. We all had a very enjoyable visit!” 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.