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Maine State Aquarium (MSA)

closed for the season

Reopening May 2015

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194 McKown Point Road
W. Boothbay Harbor, Maine

(207) 633-9559

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Maine State Aquarium - Exhibits and Programs

Select the links below or scroll down the page to see pictures from some of our exhibits and programs.

Shark/skate touch tank | Tide pool touch tank | Computer Kiosks | Lobsters | Coast of Maine exhibits | Programs ! Picnic Area |Gift Store | Disclaimer


          Chain catshark     Skate

This exhibit is one of our most popular.  Our knowledgable staff will guide you in how to safely and respectfully touch sharks and skates. 


Touchtank, photo by Hannah Welling Photography Starfish Sea scallop, photo by IB Participation

Another favorite with our visitors, the tide pool touch tank has a large number of animals and plants found in Maine's waters.  Sea urchins, sea stars, horseshoe crabs, sculpins, and sand dollars--just to name a few--can be found in this interactive display.  Our knowledgeable staff are always at hand to answer questions and engage you in your exploration. Photos by Hannah Welling Photography and IB Participation




Charlie, a 22 lb lobster3 different lobster color morphsLobster trap demonstration on the aquarium porchLet's Go Lobstering video cover

When you think of Maine what is the first thing that comes to mind?  Lobsters!  Well we've got them and then some!  Thanks to the efforts of local fishermen, we have a giant, 17 pound lobster on display (imagine having that for dinner!).  We also have all the different and fascinating color morphs of lobsters--blue, calico, albino, half and half, and more.  Join us for our daily LOBSTER presentation on our porch at 11am, or sit back and watch an educational video on lobstering. Our staff are here to help answer any question you may have about Maine's best known fishery.


Viewing the salmon.  Photo by Hannah Welling Photography   Some of our exhibits

The coast of Maine is home to many different kinds of animals and plants.  As you walk through the Coast of Maine gallery, you'll see animals both familiar and new from the northern most tip of Maine to the south.  Vibrant and colorful anemones wave in the currents of the Eastport exhibit.  Schools of silvery smelt swim past in the schooling fish tank.  A fierce looking wolfish with long, sharp teeth lurks in the aquaculture tank.  Our staff takes pride in making these exhibits interesting, fun, and educational to observe.



Fish painting for Windjammer Days - photo courtesy of the Boothbay Register Special Events, Like Crafts on the Porch!    Behind the scenes in the DMR wet lab Behind the Scenes Tours

Fishing from the dock         Examining tide pool finds Tidepooling Classes Tidepooling

                       Sportfishing Clinics

Go to the Events section on our Visitors page to see our Daily and Summer Science Fest programs for details

Guests interested in having a Birthday Party at our facility can contact us for more information and pricing.


View to the left of the aquarium picnic area Aquarium picnic area View from aquarium picnic area


Aquarium giftstore

Take the Maine State Aquarium home with you by visiting the Aquarium Gift Shop!  From useful to unique, educational or just-for-fun, the gift shop has something for everyone.   We offer a great selection of aquatic books, dvds, aquatic toys and plush animals.  Our new t-shirts come in adult, children and toddler sizes, and other new logo items are available.

Your purchases support the educational mission of the Maine Aquarium and all proceeds are used by and for the Aquarium. 

Season pass holders receive one 10% discount purchase each season.  Teachers (with school identification or traveling with a school group only) receive a 10% discount on educational merchandise like books, posters, and educational kits. When purchasing items for a school, we will need the school tax exempt ID in order to process purchases that are exempt from state tax.

Mastercard and Visa cards are accepted.

Disclaimer: The Maine State Aquarium does not, at any time, guarantee that there will be certain species – including sharks – on display. Exhibits are subject to specimen availability and specimen health. If at any time aquarium staff feel that specimen health is in jeopardy – whether by sickness, stress, or guest interaction – they reserve the right to take specimens off display. In the event that staff feel that the health of specimens in our touch tank areas are being compromised by guest interactions, they reserve the right to ask guests to leave the exhibit area for the safety of our specimens.