We are closed July 4th, but open July 3rd, 5th and 6th.

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Help Sustain your Ocean Explorium

Join the Ocean Explorium on our path to Sustainability

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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! 

Summer Hours Start July 8th – Click here for details.

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Looking for exceptional children’s summer activities?

Summer Exploration Camps at the Ocean Explorium!

aboutSign up now for Exploration Camps and you may qualify for an Early Bird Discount!

(Registrations must be received and paid in full by May 15th to qualify.)


Two Summer Exploration Camps are offered:  “Corals, Crustaceans, and Clown Fish” will run during the week of July 14th-18th, and “Stingrays and Sharks of the World” during the week of August 4th-8th.

Sign up for one or both weeks of Exploration Camp.  Full-day and half-day options are available.

Click here for more details!

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.