The Maritime Aquarium has been busy, $4 million dollars worth of busy, reimagining what an aquarium msueum should look like. Now 21 new exhibits, 27 new species, and an additional 300 new animals later, the Aquarium is FINally showing off its new look.
THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK, 10 N. Water Street, Norwalk, CT; (203) 852-0700, www.maritimeaquarium.org. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day. The only Aquarium focused on Long Island Sound presents sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellies and more than 100 other species from Long Island Sound and its watershed, as well as two touch tanks, a “Go Fish!” exhibit focusing on the cultural aspects of fishing on the Sound, a not-behind-the-scenes Marine Lab, and an Ocean Playspace for toddlers. Harbor seal feedings at 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 & 3:45 p.m. daily. Plus, Connecticut’s largest IMAX movie theater and study cruises onto Long Island Sound.
The Art Gallery at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will present Reflections on the Titanic, a juried exhibition opening on April 26, 2012 (Reservations required). Free Admission, Wed.-Sun. 12-4 p.m.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is a National Historic Landmark and regarded as one of the earliest and most significant surviving Second Empire Style country houses ever built in the United States. It predates by 20 years the Vanderbilt homes in New York and Newport, R.I., and has been the set for several Hollywood movies and TV shows including Stepford Wives and House of Dark Shadows.
During the season, full tours at the mansion are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children and young adults ages 8-18. Children under 8 are admitted free. Tour hours are 12- 4 p.m., Wed.-Sun. Tours are on the hour, and the last tour is at 3 pm. For information on educational programs, events and rentals, call 203-838-9799 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org