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Ocean Explorium

174 Union St, New Bedford Seaport, Union Square, New Bedford, MA 02740
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Ranked #7 of 22 Attractions in New Bedford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
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Owner description: A marine science education center located in the heart of Downtown New Bedford! Our education and aquarist staff take the time to personalize your experience by spending time with you and your family, answering questions and teaching you about the amazing animals that call the ocean home. A great place to spend a couple of hours, you and your kids will enjoy the touch tanks, science activities and our knowledgeable staff.

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Great for kids, adults not so much. Prices are reasonable, variety of touch tanks and activities for children.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

-Had about a half-dozen smallish tanks, but some fun specimens. Three touch tanks--one of which held scallops, another with other invertebrates, and a third with sharks and rays. -Shark and ray touch tank was fun--they do a feeding at 2pm. This was a lot of fun to watch, but you can't have your hands in the water for 15 minutes... More

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Shelby, North Carolina
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

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... More

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Bethel, Maine
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

this place is beautiful, it is quite small but it is great. I enjoyed coming here the handful of times that i had. We were allowed to put our hands in the water and allow the stingrays to glide under them. The various amounts of fish that they had was amazing to me. And the staff should also get a... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I went here with my children 4 and 1 and it was very enjoyable. My daughter enjoyed the touch tanks and the staff was excellent! There is a children's room full of activities, several large tanks and science learning stations. Truly a great place! I recommend the experience to anyone with children that love marine life.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We are vacationing in the area and were truly surprised at this marine science center. We were with grandchildren, ages 5 1/2 and 2 1/2, as well as our daughter-in-law, and all were enthralled with the living exhibits. There were plenty of hands on exhibits, a Ray and Shark Touch Tank, allowing those of us who were interested--the children--to reach... More

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Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I took my two grandchildren on an adventure one summer day and they loved the place. They were from California and had seen larger aquariums so I thought that they would not be impressed. It is located in a former bank in downtown New Bedford. From the moment we arrived until about 90 minutes later we (including me) had a... More

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Newport, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This is a great place for kids to get up close and personal with sea creatures and learn. It's housed in a converted old bank building which is pretty neat in itself. Frankly, my first impression when we got there was that it was small and we'd be done in less than an hour. Two and a half hours later... More

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Alexandria Bay, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I believe I was told it was an Old bank-turned-(full-fledged)-Aquarium. Mr. Brandon (family member) said it best, in saying for the amount of space they had to work with, they did an E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T job transforming that place into an Aquarium. They even had the 'by-participants' feeding, where Your little ones, under full supervision AND guidance (and for a fee) were... More

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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

The Ocean Explorium is a gem of the Downtown New Bedford cultural scene. What it lacks in size versus other, farther away aquariums is a superiorly friendly, attentive, and knowledgable staff. Inside the gorgeous former bank building are an array of exhibits, including a touch tanks, viewing tanks of all sorts of marine life, and the fantastic Science on a... More

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