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Maine State Aquarium

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Good for the kids

Nice little aquarium for the kids and grown ups if you are interested in learning about the... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2018
Jim B
Brattleboro, Vermont
A summer favourite for my Grandchildren....

Small aquarium with touch tanks & educational exhibits on the outdoor porch. Organized fishing... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2018
Edgecomb, Maine
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  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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A quaint aquarium, (open Memorial Weekend - End of September), welcoming you to Maine's coast; specializing in the Gulf of Maine species, and offering two interactive touch tanks.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
194 McKown Point Rd, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04575
+1 207-633-9559
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 11 August 2003

If you have children this aquarium is a must see while in the area!!! The aquarium tank displays are crystal clear and beautiful. Although it is just one room you won't be disappointed. The main attractions are the touch tanks. One touch tank is about...More

11  Thank Nancy S
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

It was one room that was 30percent gift shop a touch tank and a few fish tanks on the wall. Except for a cool tshirt for my daughter and petting a shark it really wasnt worth the drive

6  Thank biggamemike
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a big aquirium, but still worth a visit, thought it was expensive for what you got. Feeding time was the best with the seals

Thank Stozzer1
MEStAquarium, Front Office Manager at Maine State Aquarium, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review. You may have us confused with another aquarium, as we do not have seals. We have dogfish sharks.

Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

The Aquarium is set on a beautiful piece of property on the water’s edge. It’s a nice place to spend a few hours...nice displays, lots of fish and even a hand’s on area that children really love (and adults too!!) If you want to bring...More

Thank easyriderNh
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Nice little aquarium for the kids and grown ups if you are interested in learning about the regional life in the ocean. You get to handle and pet some of the species which the kids really enjoy.

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 1 October 2018

We take grands to aquarium each time we go to BBH. Always a fun place to go and learn about the many sea animals around Maine. Would highly recommend to others.

Thank Bob V
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Small aquarium with touch tanks & educational exhibits on the outdoor porch. Organized fishing lessons for all & educational exhibits from harbour pier. A taste of fishing & ocean life in Boothbay. Picnic area offers the best view of Boothbay Hbr. The best viewpoint for...More

Thank zehmjoan
Reviewed 21 September 2018

The Maine State Aqarium is not an "aquarium" as we know it, but this Midwest city girl enjoyed it immensely. I held a starfish and touched lobsters and different crabs. The docents explained how these sea animals lived and survived. I never realized how many...More

Thank mmzonca
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

This is a VERY tiny aquarium. It is one room and you probably couldn't fit more than a few dozen people in there. The touch tanks are cool, and I found it decently entertaining for my two young children. But even my 3 year old...More

Thank Emily K
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Just not what we expected. It was very small & definitely for smaller kids. They do have an outside area on their pier that shows different ways they catch different species of sea life & the fishing exhibit was pretty cool. But it is pretty...More

Thank mlom66
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

I am used to much larger aquariums but really enjoyed this one room aquarium. Favorite things were touch tanks, shark, starfish, lobster (albino). Volunteers extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Cost for seniors 5.00 each. You can also try your hand at fishing and pulling a lobster...More

Thank B g
Reviewed 15 September 2018

We spent a very enjoyable 1.5 hours with our 12 and 13 year old boys. The museum is small, but has two large touch tanks and several other tanks plus many informative displays both inside and outside on the porches. Great staff. There is also...More

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I think it’s free or a very small charge.
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Hours and Schedule for 2017 Open hours are 10 AM – 5 PM, seven days a week through August, five days a week in September. Closed Labor Day and every Monday and Tuesday in September. Closing for the season on October 1. I... More
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