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Ocean Explorium - CLOSED

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Fun and educational with friendly, helpful staff

We visited while in town, as a chance to take our boys out with their grandparents. The boys (6 and... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2012
billw947
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Daphne, Alabama
Small but extremely entertaining!

Our family went there yesterday, we have 3 children (ages 17, 13 and 11). We looked at previous... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2012
Dawn L
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Millbury, 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 August 10, 2012

We visited while in town, as a chance to take our boys out with their grandparents. The boys (6 and 4) loved seeing all the sea life and the tanks. The Science on a Sphere was really great but didn't manage to hold the 4...More

Date of experience: August 2012
4  Thank billw947
rooster0, Manager at Ocean Explorium, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2012

Hi Bill W, Thank you for posting the image of our baby sharks! We appreciate that you had a great time and got to experience the personal attention from our staff. It is what sets us apart from larger institutions. We look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed July 30, 2012

Our family went there yesterday, we have 3 children (ages 17, 13 and 11). We looked at previous reviews and didn't expect a lot. Upon arrival I was surprised at how small the Explorium was, I figured we would be done in 15-20 minutes. What...More

Date of experience: July 2012
6  Thank Dawn L
rooster0, Manager at Ocean Explorium, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2012

Hi Dawn L, Thank you for your response. We appreciate that you understood the uniqueness of the Ocean Explorium educational experience despite our smaller size. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed April 15, 2012

On 174 Union street with free parking at the visitors center on the weekends. Our grandchildren, 3 and 4 love this place. Science experiments, feeding fish, petting the sharks and manta-rays, holding the scallops in their shells, learning about anemones...very hands on and just great...More

Date of experience: April 2012
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Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

Thank you for your reply. We are thrilled that you enjoy the Ocean Explorium. We have worked hard to create an educational center that encourages young learners to explore and discover the beauties of marine science. We look forward to your return.

Reviewed March 28, 2012

Very enjoyable -- don’t let the few negative reviews discourage you! There are only 12 or so tanks – difference is the personal attention from workers and volunteers at OE which I've never seen/received at a large aquarium. It’s more of a learning/exploring experience vs....More

Date of experience: March 2012
1  Thank Donna2014
Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

Thank you for your reply. We are thrilled that you enjoy the Ocean Explorium. We have worked hard to create an educational center that encourages young learners to explore and discover the beauties of marine science. We look forward to your return.

Reviewed March 16, 2012

not what I thought it would be very tiny, a few touch things and small tanks . It's no Boston Aquarium.More

Date of experience: September 2011
Thank Lisa L
Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

Thank you Lisa L for your response. We have been working hard over the past few years to grow our exhibit and educational center. We may have limited tanks but our staff takes the time to work with all of our guests to personalize their...More

Reviewed February 26, 2012

I had fun because I had purchased a groupon. It's small but you do get to touch a lot of see creatures. Baby sharks, stingray, starfish, lobsters, crabs etc. also they had crafts. It's a cute little trip I just expected more.More

Thank bmommie
Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

Hi Bmommie, Thank you for your reply. We are happy you took advantage of the Groupon deal to visit the Ocean Explorium. We look forward to you coming back and experiencing the changes and additions we have made to our living exhibits and our newly...More

Reviewed January 11, 2012

My husband and I visited expecting an afternoon of viewing ocean life in an array of tanks and exhibits. Instead we found that the entire explorium is contained in one large room and consists of just a few tanks. We saw some neat fish, but...More

Date of experience: February 2011
Thank emumarkland
Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

Hi emumarkland, Thank you for your review. While we do offer a significant amount for our younger learners we do think we are appropriate for learners of all ages. I hope you consider to come in again and view our Science on a Sphere presentation....More

Reviewed August 10, 2011

This aquarium was written up in the Boston Globe last winter so we decided to give it a try. It is so small we went through it in about 20 minutes. The staff were friendly but that did not save the day. Not worth your...More

Thank Mochab2
Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

Hi, Thank you for your reply. You visited in 2011 and we have added a whole series of exhibits since your visit. We have a shark and ray touch tank, scallop touch tank, coral farm, juvenile reef animals and an octopus. We hope you come...More

Reviewed March 4, 2011

They try but just don't get it done. For what they charge (I think it was around $7-8/person), I expected a lot more. There's basically 6 fish tanks, the biggest is about 8feet long, and 4 feet tall. The "Sphere" theater was a joke. We...More

Date of experience: February 2011
Thank DanoD
Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

Hi, Thank you for your reply. You visited in 2011 and we have added a whole series of exhibits since your visit. We have a shark and ray touch tank, scallop touch tank, coral farm, juvenile reef animals and an octopus. We hope you come...More

Reviewed August 24, 2010

Not quite an aquarium but plenty of tank exhibits including touch tanks, historical info, and an awesome exhibit called "the Sphere". Interactive children activities and arts and crafts for the kids. A great place to kill a couple hours on a rainy afternoon.More

Thank jnbogue
Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

Thank you for your reply. You reviewd the Ocean Explorium in 2010 and we have added a whole series of exhibits since your visit. We have a shark and ray touch tank, scallop touch tank, coral farm, juvenile reef animals and an octopus. We hope...More

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