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Ocean Explorium IS Worth The Visit!

We just got back from a morning visit to the Explorium. The Ocean Explorium is small, aquarium... read more

Reviewed July 24, 2013
Judy A
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Cranston, Rhode Island
Worth Doing

I have visited the OE with children of varying ages numerous times over the past 4 years. I find it... read more

Reviewed May 6, 2013
Earnestina
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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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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...more
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174 Union St, New Bedford Seaport, Union Square, New Bedford, MA 02740-6385
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The ocean exploratorium is a perfect hands- on educational experience. It draws on the local environment especially- our children (7 and 4) got to learn about the creatures we see during our summers in the area. We saw an octopus take apart legos, touched a...More

Date of experience: July 2013
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The children had a good time here. The space they have is small, but full of interesting sea creatures and hand on activities. The staff was loaded with information and excellent with the children. A must see in downtown New Bedford!

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank Amber H
Reviewed July 24, 2013

We just got back from a morning visit to the Explorium. The Ocean Explorium is small, aquarium like. The staff was both friendly and extremely knowledgeable. My son was actively involved in all of the exhibits, and he really did walk away with a lot...More

Date of experience: July 2013
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I took my family here when my children were 3 and 5 and they had a wonderful time looking at the animals and exploring the touch tanks. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and the world on a sphere (? not sure if I have that...More

Date of experience: August 2012
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I took my family here during the week with a groupon discount. I could not believe how small it is. No one really talked to us or bothered to explain anything. We walked through the entire thing in less than 20 minutes. My 4 kids...More

Date of experience: July 2013
3  Thank Jessica B
OEManager, Manager at Ocean Explorium, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2013

Jessica B, Thank you for your review. We certainly appreciate your feedback and have taken steps to understand why you did not have a great experience. We are a small institution and typically pride ourselves on the personalized visitor interactions that define us as unique....More

Reviewed May 6, 2013

I have visited the OE with children of varying ages numerous times over the past 4 years. I find it to be an engaging real-world educational environment for families to enjoy. There are varying numbers of friendly and knowledgeable staff on hand that will give...More

Date of experience: May 2013
Thank Earnestina
OEManager, Manager at Ocean Explorium, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2013

Thank you for your review. It is wonderful that you have been a visitor for so long, that way you have been able to grow along with us. We certainly have continued to add exhibits and capabilities over time. While we do not have the...More

Reviewed March 25, 2013

I am an after school group leader. I have taken my 20 students to the Ocean Explorium on a few occasions. My students loved it! They get one on one time with an educator if they have questions. The touch tanks are large enough that...More

Date of experience: February 2013
1  Thank Melissa A
OEManager, Manager at Ocean Explorium, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2013

MrsAnderson, Thank you for your review. We feel that exact same way and are so glad that you appreciate the educational focus of our programs. Please share with any and all teachers you know! We love working with students and are passionate about sharing our...More

Reviewed March 2, 2013

We visited during feb vacation. Website made it seem great...it was tiny...kids were pushing...not listening to staff....staff spent more time redirecting then interacting with other visitors. And my daughter was told she couldnt touch anything because she was too small....age 2....but intellectually age 4....sigh. Will...More

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OEManager, Manager at Ocean Explorium, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2013

Dear FonFam, Thank you for your review. Our scallop touch tank in the same area as our rocky shore touch tank and Octopus but I can imagine that if you came on one of our busiest days you might not have seen it. I am...More

Reviewed August 25, 2012

Luckily, we went with a library pass. Other wise, I would have been extremely disappointed. Sure the staff was nice and the fish were fun to see for like 10 minutes. I suggest the Whaling museum which is a couple of blocks away. However, I...More

Date of experience: August 2012
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OEManager, Manager at Ocean Explorium, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2013

Liz S, We are glad that you were able to take advantage of the library pass system. We appreciate your thoughts and are surprised that you did not have a more engaging and rewarding experience. We are a very interactive institution and would have thought...More

Reviewed August 14, 2012

Well,after seeing a brochure I naturally assumed this place would be awesome to take the kids, age ranging from 6 to 18. Only the 6 yr old enjoyed. It was small, just a big room and not much in there. After we walked around for...More

Date of experience: August 2012
6  Thank Cott C
rooster0, Manager at Ocean Explorium, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2012

Hi Cott C, Thank you for your review. We understand that we may not be large in size but we are certainly rich in experience. We are one of the few places where you and your group can interact with education and husbandry staff throughout...More

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