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Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT 06355
Phone: 860.572.5955 :
Fax: 860.572.5969

Website: http://www.mysticaquarium.org
Email: info@mysticaquarium.org

Close encounters of the incredible kind happen every day! Reach in and touch a ray, go beak-to-nose with a penguin and feel the splash of a beluga whale. Watch our California sea lions – including Boomerang, the juvenile sea lion – strut their stuff during a live show, and meet a variety of animals, from African penguins and Steller sea lions to sharks and sea turtles. Take a wild ride in the XD Motion Theater “Deep Sea 3D.” Explore the deep ocean with the world’s only exhibits on Dr. Robert Ballard’s fascinating expeditions, including his discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic. Observe ocean exploration tools, discover hydrothermal vents on the sea floor, explore America’s most protected marine sanctuaries, and see artifacts recovered from Roman trading ships.

Contact Us
Jacqueline Almeida - First Vice Chair, Director of Member Services- Board Member
jalmeida@mysticaquarium.org
860.572.5955 (.ext.232)

Our News

  • LAST CHANCE TO VOTE! Aug 12, 2014 11:07 AM - Mystic Aquarium has been named one of the 10 best aquariums in North America in a USA TODAY poll. To help become the No. 1 aquarium in North America, Mystic Aquarium is asking its friends and supporters for their vote, which must be cast by noon on Monday, Aug. 18. Full Story
  • MYSTIC AQUARIUM LAUNCHES TRAINER FOR A DAY PROGRAM Aug 24, 2012 11:25 AM - Full Story
  • MYSTIC AQUARIUM OFFERS FREE LUNCH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2 Jul 17, 2012 10:56 AM - Full Story
  • MYSTIC AQUARIUM’S SPECIAL FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOTEL PACKAGES Nov 04, 2011 12:00 PM - Full Story
  • MYSTIC AQUARIUM PENGUINS MAKE HOLLYWOOD DEBUT THIS WEEKEND Jun 15, 2011 2:11 AM - Mystic Aquarium’s African penguin colony makes its Hollywood debut this Friday in Twentieth Century Fox’s “Mr. Popper’s Penguins.” Starring Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury, the film is an adaptation of the 1938 children’s book about a businessman unexpectedly inheriting six penguins. Full Story
  • National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Jun 14, 2011 1:41 AM - Full Story
  • Jellies: The Ocean in Motion Jun 14, 2011 1:11 AM - Full Story
  • Sign Up Now For Your Big/ Little Holiday Party Dec 01, 2010 3:34 AM - The Big/Little Holiday Party Friday, December 3 and Saturday December 11, 2010 7:00 pm EST - 11:00 pm EST Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium Holds Fundraiser for Outdoor Learning Center Jul 22, 2010 4:18 AM - On July 16, Mystic Aquarium held its second annual Sea School fundraiser – the “Under the Sea…School Fundraiser” – to raise money for the new Outdoor Learning Center. This new space will become the outdoor home for children in Sea School, a unique educational program for 3- to 5-year-olds that aims to inspire them to care about our oceans and develop a love of learning through hands-on experiences. Full Story
  • Sea Research to Host Live Web Panel on Oil Spill Jul 01, 2010 9:40 AM - Since May, Sea Research Foundation has been working collaboratively with key institutions in the Gulf region to assist with oil spill efforts. On July 7, people around the world can get up-to-date information on the oil spill from Sea Research staff and ask them questions during a live web panel discussion from 6 to 7 p.m. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium Launches Train-A-Whale Program Jun 30, 2010 1:48 AM - For those who have ever wondered how – or why – trainers teach beluga whales various behaviors, Mystic Aquarium is now offering a way for guests to find out firsthand. Launching July 1, the new Train-A-Whale program offers a side-by-side, intimate learning experience with a trainer during a beluga whale feeding and training session. Full Story
  • Nautilus Live Theater Opens at Mystic Aquarium Jun 23, 2010 3:35 AM - Beginning on June 23, guests at Mystic Aquarium and people on their computers at home can experience the next generation of deep ocean exploration. With the opening of the Nautilus Live Theater and launch of the Nautilus Live Web site (nautiluslive.org), people around the world can virtually join Sea Research Foundation’s Dr. Robert Ballard and his team aboard his new ship of exploration, the E/V Nautilus. Full Story
  • World-Traveling Dutch Cyclists Visit Mystic Aquarium Jun 15, 2010 11:08 AM - After miles of grueling competition from some of the best cyclists in New England, a team of six Dutch cyclists enjoyed a relaxing visit to Mystic Aquarium on June 15. Full Story
  • Mystic Pass Card Offers More Savings Than Ever This Year May 24, 2010 3:47 AM - The Mystic Pass Card, a unique promotion launched in 2008 by Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium in partnership with more than 40 Mystic area businesses, provides discounts and added value during the summer vacation season and beyond. Full Story
  • Celebrate World Oceans Day at Mystic Aquarium May 18, 2010 11:29 AM - With climate change happening around the world, now more than ever it is important to understand the critical role oceans play in our everyday lives. Celebrate our ocean planet and learn simple ways you can make a difference during Mystic Aquarium’s World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 5. Full Story
  • Aquarium to Host Open House for Prospective Volunteers May 17, 2010 2:43 AM - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work with animals or educate the public on exhibits? Now’s your chance! Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is offering a variety of volunteer opportunities. Full Story
  • Jellies, Sharks and More in New Exhibits at Mystic Aquarium May 13, 2010 11:20 AM - This spring, changes to Mystic Aquarium’s main exhibit floor create new worlds of experience. Opening in April and May, several new exhibits allow guests to have close encounters with sharks, see jellies from around the world, learn about marine animal senses and get an up-close look at moray eels and barracuda. Full Story
  • SoundMusic and Aquarium Announce Summer Collaboration May 12, 2010 12:54 PM - SoundMusic, the bold new venture that last summer brought two critically-acclaimed symphonic concerts and one very popular big band production to Harkness Memorial State Park, will present three performances this summer at one of southeastern Connecticut’s most cherished locations, Mystic Aquarium. Full Story
  • Aquarium Preparing to Send Assistance to Gulf Coast Region May 06, 2010 12:46 PM - Sea Research Foundation announced today that it has made preparations to deploy animal care resources to the Gulf Coast region, including veterinary staff, animal stranding personnel and a coordinated volunteer effort. Full Story
  • Aquarium Announces Winners of Scrap Art Sculpture Contest May 05, 2010 9:59 AM - In March and April, Mystic Aquarium encouraged community members to turn their recyclables into artistic treasures for its second annual Scrap Art Sculpture Contest. Among the many creative, marine-themed pieces submitted, two entries stood out – “Baby Eco”, created by Chance Gaudreau, 10, of Baltic, and “Garbatee the Manatee,” created by Seth Glickman, 9, of Groton. Full Story
  • Experience "Marine Mammals of the Arctic" at Aquarium Apr 29, 2010 2:53 AM - This May, venture to the ends of the earth to meet the fascinating animals that live there and the people who work with them. Immersion Learning™, a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., brings the vast and exciting Arctic world live via webcast to Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration and many other Immersion sites across the country on May 18 to 20. Full Story
  • Travel to the Ocean's Depths with Dr. Robert Ballard May 14 Apr 27, 2010 11:36 AM - Explore the oceans, the last great uncharted territory, with the man who discovered the R.M.S. Titanic, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Institute for Exploration President Dr. Robert Ballard. The event, on May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Garde Arts Center, is part of the new “Faces of Our Planet” series, created by Sea Research Foundation, National Geographic Live and the Garde Arts Center to reveal the mysteries and discoveries of the world’s human, animal and geographic faces. Full Story
  • Sea Research Foundation Receives $12,500 Grant from Dominion Apr 23, 2010 11:59 AM - In celebration of Earth Day, Dominion Resources presented Sea Research Foundation – parent organization of Mystic Aquarium, Institute for Exploration and Immersion Learning – with a $12,500 Earth Day environmental grant on April 22. The grant supports the new “Faces of Our Planet” series, created by Sea Research Foundation, National Geographic Live and the Garde Arts Center to show the mysteries and discoveries of the world’s human, animal and geographic faces through film, live performance and multimedia presentations. Full Story
  • Penguin Chicks at Mystic Aquarium Take Their First Swim Apr 15, 2010 2:57 AM - Mystic Aquarium’s newest African penguin chicks showed off their newfound swimming skills on April 15. For the first time, the two chicks took the plunge into the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Exhibit and were introduced to the public. Full Story
  • New Greater Mystic Visitors Bureau Announces Marketing Plan Apr 14, 2010 10:59 AM - During a breakfast held on April 14 at Mystic Aquarium for representatives from the broad Mystic area tourism industry, the Eastern Regional Tourism District introduced the newly formed Greater Mystic Visitors Bureau (GMVB) and its regional marketing plan for the summer tourism season and beyond. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium Seeks Volunteers for Amphibian Monitoring Apr 08, 2010 1:22 AM - With the warm weather officially here, it is time to venture outside and become a volunteer for the third field season of Mystic Aquarium’s Amphibian Monitoring Project. Leap into action and attend the family-friendly training session at the aquarium on Saturday, May 1 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Full Story
  • Sea Research Receives $5,000 Grant from Monsanto Fund Apr 07, 2010 9:50 AM - Sea Research Foundation, the parent organization of Mystic Aquarium, Institute for Exploration and Immersion Learning, has received a $5,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, a private foundation and the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium to Host Annual Earth Day Celebration Apr. 24 Apr 06, 2010 10:41 AM - Mystic Aquarium is throwing a party for the planet, and you’re invited! On April 17, help clean up the coastline, then learn about ways to protect Mother Nature during the aquarium’s annual Earth Day celebration on April 24. Full Story
  • Immersion Learning and NAMEPA Host Maritime Art Contest Apr 01, 2010 11:08 AM - The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and Immersion Learning™ – a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc. – are calling all artists for their second annual national marine art contest, this year themed “Mariners help save our seas”. Students may submit their creations through May 7. Full Story
  • Photographer Paul Nicklen Brings Audiences Under the Ice Mar 25, 2010 10:38 AM - Travel with National Geographic photographer and biologist Paul Nicklen to the ends of the earth on April 16 at the Garde Arts Center. The event is part of the new “Faces of Our Planet” series, created by Sea Research Foundation, National Geographic Live and the Garde Arts Center to reveal the mysteries and discoveries of the world’s human, animal and geographic faces. Full Story
  • Cocktails with the Whales Returns this Spring to Aquarium Mar 23, 2010 11:32 AM - Cocktails with the Whales returns this spring and summer to Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. The event, which began in 2009 as a monthly gathering, will take place bi-weekly this year due to its popularity. Full Story
  • Touch a Shark During Shark Week at Mystic Aquarium Mar 18, 2010 11:45 AM - See sharks of all shapes and sizes (including some you may not even realize are sharks!) during Shark Week at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration from April 14 to 20. Among the April vacation week activities is the chance to touch live sharks at the new shark touch pool. Full Story
  • Crittercam Inventor Greg Marshall to Appear at the Garde Mar 12, 2010 10:44 AM - This March, experience life from an animal’s point of view during an evening with Crittercam inventor Greg Marshall at the Garde Arts Center on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. The event is part of the new “Faces of Our Planet” series, created by Sea Research Foundation, National Geographic Society and the Garde Arts Center to reveal the mysteries and discoveries of the world’s human, animal and geographic faces. Full Story
  • Aquarium Seeking Entries for Scrap Art Sculpture Contest Mar 11, 2010 11:40 AM - Calling all scrap artists! Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., is holding its second annual Scrap Art Sculpture contest and is seeking marine-themed art created from recycled materials. Artists of all ages and abilities may submit their creations through April 23. Full Story
  • Aquarium Hosts Programs for Students with Disabilities Mar 04, 2010 9:57 AM - For children and teenagers with disabilities or challenges such as anger management or bullying, the Waterford-based Synergy Center Corporation offers unique new options: the Synergy Socials Program and Social Species from the Sea to Me, two social skill-building classes at Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc. Full Story
  • Watch Penguin Chicks Grow on Aquarium's Live Web Cam Mar 02, 2010 1:54 AM - Mystic Aquarium’s African penguin chick Web cam is back, and this year, it’s interactive. Last year, thousands of people from around the world watched Blue-Blue, a male African penguin, grow into a full fledgling via the live Web cam at mysticaquarium.org. Starting today, people can watch two new chicks grow, as well as get weekly video updates and submit questions to penguin trainers. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium to Host Bite Week Feb. 14-19 Jan 28, 2010 12:06 PM - Think you know who has the biggest set of chompers at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration? Guests during February school vacation week may be surprised. In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the aquarium is hosting Bite Week from February 14 to 19. Full Story
  • Mated Penguin Pairs at Mystic Aquarium Create Art Jan 27, 2010 12:02 PM - As the ultimate tribute to Valentine’s Day, two mated African penguin pairs at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration have created 30 original paintings together. These paintings ($124.99) will be available for purchase beginning February 5 in the Aquarium Store and at mysticaquarium.org. Full Story
  • Sea Research's Tracy Romano to Be on Women in Sciences Pane Jan 15, 2010 12:15 PM - As more women enter the sciences, and these careers increasingly become the careers of tomorrow, women from across Connecticut will be discussing challenges and opportunities for women in these fields at the Connecticut Technology Council’s sixth annual Women of Innovation Awards Program on January 20 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Full Story
  • Aquarium, Garde and National Geographic Launch Event Series Jan 13, 2010 12:57 PM - Beginning on February 2, 2010, audiences at the historic Garde Arts Center in New London will be transported around the world, to the ends of the Earth and into the ocean’s depths to discover the “Faces of Our Planet.” Full Story
  • Mashantucket Pequot Chairman Elect Joins Sea Research Board Dec 14, 2009 9:43 AM - Sea Research Foundation Inc. has elected Rodney Butler, chairman elect of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, to its Board of Trustees. Full Story
  • Ocean Commotion 2010 to Take Place September 25 Dec 11, 2009 12:32 PM - Save the date for Sea Research Foundation's next Ocean Commotion on September 25, 2010! Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium to Host Tropical Adventures Dec 10, 2009 4:02 AM - It may be cold outdoors, but at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, things are heating up during winter vacation week! Discover and celebrate the colorful fish, corals and reptiles that thrive in the sun during Tropical Adventures week, December 27 to January 2. Full Story
  • Immersion Learning Challenges Students to Train Goldfish Dec 08, 2009 10:52 AM - Everyone knows whales and sea lions can be trained, but few realize that a variety of fish, including goldfish, can learn behaviors, too. Immersion Learning™, a division of Sea Research Foundation, is challenging kids across the nation to show off their animal training skills during its first-ever Goldfish Training Contest. The top three entrants will win the opportunity to be a beluga trainer for a day at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration during Immersion’s “Marine Mammals of the Arctic” live webcasts February 10 to 12. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium Penguin Art Now Available for Purchase Dec 02, 2009 11:01 AM - Black Friday may have passed, but at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, every day is black… and white! For the first time ever, 40 original paintings created by the aquarium’s African penguins are available for purchase. Full Story
  • Special Aquarium Membership Offer for Chamber Members Dec 02, 2009 3:17 AM - Greater Mystic Chamber members can save $10 and get three months free when you purchase a new membership at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration (That's 15 months for the price of 12!). Full Story
  • Immersion Learning Brings Dr. Ballard Live to Audiences Dec 01, 2009 11:41 AM - Join famed oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard as he discusses his recent deep-sea discoveries, introduces you to his new, state-of-the-art ship of exploration and reveals the details of his 2010 expedition – all via a live webcast online or at the aquarium! Full Story
  • Aquarium and UConn Collaborate on New DNA/Red Tide Exhibit Nov 05, 2009 9:53 AM - What is DNA? How is it connected to red tide? And why is it important to know? “DNA, Red Tide and the Sea,” an interactive new exhibit at Mystic Aquarium answers all these questions while giving guests a look at our oceans on a whole new (microscopic) level. Full Story
  • Make a Difference With Holiday Gifts from Mystic Aquarium Nov 04, 2009 7:59 AM - ‘Tis the season for giving, and Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration makes it easy and fun with an array of unique gifts that do double duty. Giving a gift from the aquarium is like giving two gifts in one – proceeds from these presents go toward the aquarium’s animals, educational programs, events, research and conservation efforts. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium Hosts Holiday Party for Groups Big and Small Oct 27, 2009 9:30 AM - Even small companies and groups can have a big holiday bash at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. Full Story
  • Sleep with the Fishes at Mystic Aquarium Oct 21, 2009 12:47 PM - Ever wonder what Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration’s animals do at night? Find out on November 13, during the aquarium’s Family Overnight – now featuring an aquarium mystery to solve. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium, Ocean Blue Catering Host Big-Little Party Sep 30, 2009 12:31 PM - Even small companies and groups can have a big holiday bash at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. Full Story
  • Get a (Sea) Scare at Mystic Aquarium! Sep 28, 2009 1:23 AM - It’s the scary SEAson at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. On October 24, from 6:30 to 10 p.m., the aquarium becomes the ultimate Halloween “haunt” during the 6th Annual Sea Scare, a night of family festivities against a backdrop of the ocean’s dark and mysterious waters. Full Story
  • Get in the Halloween "Spirit" With Creepy Cocktails Sep 25, 2009 8:59 AM - What's Halloween without the spirits? On October 22, Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration and Ocean Blue Catering will host its first Creepy Cocktails event. Make your reservation now! Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium to Explore What the Sea Left Behind Oct. 10 Sep 15, 2009 10:16 AM - Discover the mysterious treasures washed ashore by the tides during What the Sea Left Behind, an educational family program offered by Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration on Saturday, October 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium Holds Halloween Events for All Ages Sep 10, 2009 9:18 AM - It’s the scary SEAson at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. Whether watching special animal shows with little ones or sipping spooky cocktails and dancing, guests of all ages are sure to have a frightfully good time. Full Story
  • Aquarium Celebrates African Penguin Day Sep 03, 2009 1:55 AM - Help Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration celebrate African Penguin Day on Friday, September 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with special presentations, penguin painting demonstrations and a penguin race! The celebration is in recognition of African Penguin Day on September 26 in South Africa, where aquarium staff members frequently travel to help field researchers in penguin conservation efforts. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium to Explore What the Sea Left Behind Sep 02, 2009 1:31 AM - Have you ever wondered what lives within a mermaid’s purse, inside a sea rattle or in the shells that wash up along the beach? Have you ever flipped over a rock and watched the creatures run away, wondering what they were? Discover the mysterious treasures washed ashore by the tides during What the Sea Left Behind, an educational family program offered by Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration on Saturday, October 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium Reveals Sea Lion Pups' New Names Aug 28, 2009 9:23 AM - August 27 was a big day for the three new California sea lion pups at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. In addition to celebrating their first birthday – complete with an icy fish treat for them and cake for guests – the pups received their highly anticipated names: Jetty for the male and Cali and Sakari for the two females. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium to Host Open House for Prospective Volunteer Aug 26, 2009 9:39 AM - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work with animals, teach kids or talk about exhibits? Now’s your chance! Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is offering a variety of volunteer opportunities. Learn about ways you can make a difference during the Volunteer Open House on Wednesday, September 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Full Story
  • Aquarium to Announce Winning Names for New Sea Lion Pups Aug 24, 2009 12:18 PM - Full Story
  • Aquarium to Host Last Cocktails with Whales Event Aug 11, 2009 11:54 AM - August 20 marks the last Cocktails with the Whales event of the summer. Full Story
  • Aquarium Launches Contest to Name Three New Sea Lion Pups Jul 28, 2009 11:22 AM - Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration recently welcomed three California sea lion pups and wants the public’s help in naming them! Starting today, the aquarium is holding a contest to find the perfect names for the playful pups – one male and two females – that arrived on May 16. The chosen names will be announced during their first birthday party on August 27 at 11 a.m. at the aquarium. Full Story
  • Help Mystic Aquarium Help the African Penguins Jul 23, 2009 9:25 AM - Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration will hold its annual 5k run and two-mile walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 17 to benefit our much-loved African penguins. How can you help? The aquarium needs volunteers to help promote and execute the event; donations of door prizes and nutritious snacks for race participants; and sponsors. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium to Host Run/Walk to Benefit Penguins Jul 21, 2009 11:03 AM - Lace up your sneakers and get ready to run or walk for the good of our feathered friends. Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration will hold a 5k run and two-mile walk at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 17 to benefit our much-loved African penguins. For the first time ever, dogs are welcome to join their families in the two-mile walk. Full Story
  • Volunteer Diver at Aquarium Writes Children's Book Jun 11, 2009 10:29 AM - Tim Watson, a volunteer SCUBA diver and underwater photographer at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, has used his unique hobbies and extensive experience to bring a former aquarium resident to life for children. His children’s book, “Howard’s Search for a Home: An Underwater Adventure of a Moray Eel,” uses digital underwater photography, fun animal facts and an entertaining story to inspire children to learn about and appreciate our oceans. A portion of the proceeds from the book will go back to the aquarium in the form of donations toward programs and research. Full Story
  • Aquarium Holds Fundraising Event to Expand Sea School Jun 08, 2009 1:45 AM - On May 29, Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration held a parent-organized fundraiser to raise money for renovations and additions, including a sensory area, in its early learning classroom – changes necessary for the Sea School program to become a licensed pre-school program in the state of Connecticut. Full Story
  • Dr. Robert Ballard Opens New Inner Space Center Jun 02, 2009 1:40 AM - In a ceremony at its Narragansett Bay Campus on June 1, the University of Rhode Island opened the $15 million Ocean Science and Exploration Center and the Pell Marine Science Library, state-of-the-art facilities that will enable the University to remain one of the nation’s most prestigious centers of oceanographic research, exploration and education. The facility includes Institute for Exploration Founder and President Dr. Robert Ballard’s new Inner Space Center. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium Announces New Whales Up Close Program May 28, 2009 3:31 AM - For young children or those who don’t want to get waist-deep into the water during the Beluga Encounter program, Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is now offering a new way to have an up-close visit with a beluga whale. Full Story
  • Have Cocktails with the Whales at Mystic Aquarium May 15, 2009 9:04 AM - Mystic’s new happy hour spot promises a “whale” of a good time! This summer, enjoy drinks, food and live music in the warm evening air at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, where Ocean Blue Catering is hosting Cocktails with the Whales in front of the Arctic Coast exhibit, home to the aquarium’s three resident beluga whales. These monthly gatherings take place on Thursday evenings – May 21, June 25, July 16 and August 20 – from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Full Story
  • Mystic Pass Card to Offer Visitors Savings for Second Year May 14, 2009 11:36 AM - Travelers looking for value this summer need not look any further than the scenic coastal town of Mystic. Available for a second year, the “Sea Everything” Mystic Pass Card – a unique promotion launched by Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, in partnership with 30 Mystic-area businesses – provides discounts and added value during the summer vacation season and beyond. Full Story
  • Aquarium's Beluga Whales Begin Summer Encounter Season May 14, 2009 10:40 AM - The beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins “vacationing” in Mystic for the past nine months have safely completed the nearly 1,000-mile trip back to Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. With the animals safely home, guests at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration can once again participate in the seasonal Beluga Encounter program, which allows them to wade in the water with one of the aquarium’s three resident beluga whales, Inuk, Naku and Kela. Full Story
  • Aquarium and Evergreen Walk Raising Pennies for Penguins May 12, 2009 12:26 PM - Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration and The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor have teamed up to help save the rapidly declining African penguin population. Through August, the aquarium and more than 15 stores at Evergreen Walk will collect “Pennies for Penguins” to help our feathered friends. Aquarium guests and Evergreen Walk customers can also enter to win a one-of-a-kind piece of art created by the aquarium’s penguins, awarded monthly through August. Full Story
  • Open House for Prospective Volunteers at Mystic Aquarium Apr 29, 2009 3:11 AM - Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work with animals, teach kids or talk about exhibits? Now’s your chance! Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is offering a variety of volunteer opportunities. Learn about ways you can make a difference during the annual Volunteer Open House on Tuesday, May 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Full Story
  • The Birds Are Back in Town at Mystic Aquarium Apr 21, 2009 4:45 AM - Our feathered friends from down under are back to summer at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. “Birds of the Outback,” the only exhibit of its kind in New England, returns on May 2. Full Story
  • Meet Famed Oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard! Apr 09, 2009 3:33 AM - On Tuesday April 21, venture into the mysterious waters of the ocean and join real-life explorers right from Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration’s main floor! From 7 to 8:30 p.m., Immersion Learning™, a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., will host an evening with Dr. Robert Ballard, the oceanographer widely known for his discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic in 1985. Full Story
  • Winners of National Marine Art Contest Announced Apr 06, 2009 10:06 AM - The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and Immersion Learning™ are pleased to announce the winners of a national art contest focused on the marine environment. The contest challenged students across North America to create a poster around the theme “Let’s change habits, not the climate”. Full Story
  • Experience Dr. Robert Ballard's Ocean Exploration Live Apr 03, 2009 2:47 AM - This month, venture into the mysterious waters of the ocean and join real-life explorers, such as famed oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard—all without leaving dry land! Immersion Learning™, a division of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., brings the exciting world of ocean exploration live to Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration and many other Immersion sites across the country April 20–24. Full Story
  • Meet Coach Jim Calhoun on May 7 at Mystic Aquarium Apr 02, 2009 3:05 AM - Join us for a cocktail reception at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration to welcome one of our newest trustees, UConn men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium Presents Life at the Extremes Week Mar 26, 2009 9:21 AM - What lives where water boils under the sea, in the heat of the desert or in the Arctic? Kids will discover the fascinating animals that live in extreme environments during Life at the Extremes Week, April 13 to 19, at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. Full Story
  • Spend An Evening With An Astronaut Mar 24, 2009 4:54 AM - A career in veterinary medicine takes you beyond the examination table. In fact, it can take you out of this world! Find out how a veterinarian ends up in space on April 17, when marine mammal veterinarian and astronaut Dr. Richard Linnehan comes to Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Full Story
  • March Madness Comes to Mystic Aquarium, Belugas Get in Game Mar 23, 2009 1:41 AM - March Madness is sweeping through Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration on March 28 from noon to 2 p.m.! Meet local college basketball players, then watch them interact with the aquarium’s resident beluga whales during this educational and fun celebration. Full Story
  • Limited Time Beluga Whale Meet and Greet Program Mar 22, 2009 10:12 AM - Ever wonder how aquarium staff care for beluga whales and get them to demonstrate their natural behaviors? Find out firsthand with a new, limited-time beluga meet and greet training program offered by Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration in collaboration with Shedd Aquarium. Throughout this spring break season, which runs until April 20, guests have the rare opportunity to get in the waters of the Arctic Coast exhibit to meet Shedd Aquarium’s beluga whales. For the first time on the East Coast, guests will get an up-close and personal opportunity to meet a beluga calf/juvenile Full Story
  • Presentation at Mystic Aquarium to Reveal Penguins' Plight Mar 11, 2009 2:49 AM - In September, Laurie Macha, supervisor of pinnipeds and penguins at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, traveled to South Africa to join a penguin research team through EarthWatch Worldwide. On March 26, from 7 to 8:30, guests will experience Macha’s South African adventures during a presentation featuring photos, video and her fascinating stories from the field on the main exhibit floor of the aquarium. One of the aquarium’s resident African penguins will also make an appearance. Full Story
  • First-Ever Scrap Art Sculpture Contest at Mystic Aquarium Mar 10, 2009 11:25 AM - You may want to think twice before you throw that item in the recycling bin. Instead, think of reusable items as artistic inspiration! Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is holding its first-ever scrap art sculpture contest and is seeking marine-themed art created from recycled materials. Established and budding artists alike may submit their creations through April 17. Full Story
  • Calling All Amphibian Enthusiasts! Mar 09, 2009 1:30 AM - With the warm weather soon arriving, it is time to venture outside and become a volunteer for the second field season of Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration’s Amphibian Monitoring Project. Leap into action and attend a family-friendly training session at the aquarium on Saturday, March 28 or April 18 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Full Story
  • Indulge in Wines from Portugal at Mystic Aquarium Mar 04, 2009 4:22 AM - Savor fine wine in a one-of-a-kind setting during “Wines from Portugal,” a four-course wine dinner by Ocean Blue Catering at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration on March 20 at 6:30 p.m. Full Story
  • New Plenty of Fish in the Sea Social Nights at Aquarium Mar 02, 2009 11:14 AM - Whether you hope to make new friends, network or perhaps find a special someone, head to Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, where Ocean Blue Catering is hosting a new series of Plenty of Fish in the Sea Social Nights. These monthly gatherings take place on Thursday evenings – March 19, April 16, May 21 and June 25 – from 7 to 11 p.m. Full Story
  • Calling All Campers! Feb 28, 2009 10:35 AM - What do young explorers, art enthusiasts, soccer players, nature lovers and budding marine biologists have in common? They can all find a summer camp to suit their interests at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. Full Story
  • Sleep With the Fishes at Mystic Aquarium Feb 27, 2009 2:07 AM - Ever wonder what Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration’s animals do at night? Find out on March 20, during the aquarium’s Family Overnight. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium to Kick Off Next Session of Sea School Feb 07, 2009 3:36 AM - Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration kicks off the next eight-week session of Sea School on March 9. Open to 3- to 5-year-olds, Sea School offers pre-schoolers an opportunity to experience the exciting world of marine life. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium Welcomes Penguin Chicks Feb 03, 2009 12:45 PM - Oh baby – new African penguin chicks just hatched at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration! Starting today, people around the world can watch them grow into full fledglings on a live Web cam at www.mysticaquarium.org. Full Story
  • New Stranding Assistant at Mystic Aquarium Jan 08, 2009 10:20 AM - Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, divisions of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., announced today that Walter Graf has been named stranding assistant. Graf joined the aquarium on January 2. Full Story
  • Aquarium and Shaw's Partner to Encourage Reusable Bag Use Dec 30, 2008 10:07 AM - Shaw’s Supermarkets and Sea Research Foundation, Inc. have partnered to offer an incentive to customers to purchase new reusable polar bear bags this winter. Starting January 2, for every bag purchased, Shaw’s will donate a portion of the sale to Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, divisions of Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring people to care for and protect our ocean planet. In return, customers will receive a discount on admission to the aquarium. Full Story
  • Sea Turtles are Back at Mystic Aquarium Dec 16, 2008 10:29 AM - Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration has welcomed sea turtles for the first time in more than three years. The new residents include a green sea turtle and three loggerhead hatchlings. Full Story
  • Last-Minute Gift Ideas from Mystic Aquarium Dec 16, 2008 10:28 AM - Last-minute holiday shopping is easy at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. Animal encounters, aquarium memberships and more are sure to excite everyone on the holiday list. Full Story
  • Mystic Aquarium Partners with Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center Dec 03, 2008 2:23 AM - In the spirit of the season, Sea Research Foundation’s Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is working with the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center to provide food to local residents throughout the holidays and beyond. The aquarium is collecting canned food items outside the admission gate through December 31. Those who donate food will be entered to win one of two Penguin Encounter programs or an original piece of art created by the aquarium’s resident penguins. Full Story
  • Merchant’s Cup Sep 26, 2008 5:57 AM - This is an invitation for you to compete against other local businesses to win an annual Merchant’s Cup in the Mystic Aquarium’s Run for the Penguins on October 18, 2008. Full Story

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