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Maine State Aquarium

194 McKown Point Road

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Located on the water in beautiful West Boothbay Harbor, Maine, the aquarium is operated by the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR). This educational facility was built in 1993 along with the state's new fisheries research station. The interior floor plan, support systems and exhibits were completed in 1995. The main gallery resembles the rocky coast of Maine. A collection of regional fish and invertebrates can be seen hidden within the granite-like cliffs. Interactive displays, including numerous touch tanks, encourage discovery learning.

The aquarium features extraordinary lobsters of all sizes and colors. Our giants (up to 23 lbs!) like to show off their mammoth claws. Colorful marine life, including red sea anemones and purple sunstars, can be seen in the "Downeast" tank. Visitors will be entertained by the behaviors of live northern shrimp and the appearance of bottom-dwelling fish.

The Maine State Aquarium exhibits a variety of sportfish that are of major interest to anglers. At center stage is an 850 gallon tank that is filled with sharks and skates. Experience the thrill of petting a live shark and discover the roughness of a skate's skin.

A special attraction is the 20 foot long elevated touch tank that houses a multitude of invertebrates. Feel the spiny skin of a sea star or sea urchin and get squirted by a sea cucumber or scallop. Watch the moon snail pull in its enormous "gooey" foot and be fascinated by the sea star retracting its stomach.of our specimens.


Elaine Terenzoni

Sunday, June 10, 2018
We took our Seniors program there and they loved it. The best part was watching then handle all the sea creatures and see them smiling from ear to ear. That's why I love my job.

Hadley Levat

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Great place to bring the family. Kids can touch sharks, stingrays, starfish, go fishing on the pier, watch demonstrations, and gaze at the many tanks full of local fish, lobster & crab. Picnic tables outside to enjoy the beautiful view.

Emma Schwingle

Saturday, May 26, 2018
The Maine State Aqauruim is such a wonderful place for anyone and everyone. Every summer, it is tradition for my family and I to go and visit. I highly recommend going to anyone.

Mary Jo Clements

Sunday, June 10, 2018
Enjoyed our visit and to be able to have a hands on experience and learn about marine life. Lots of fun!

Ruth Clarke

Sunday, June 3, 2018
Amazing information. Love the touch tank. The staff is knowledgeable.

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