Maine State Aquarium
Located on the water
194 Mckown Point Rd
West Boothbay, ME 04575
(207) 633-9559

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.

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 from guest interactions, they reserve the right to ask guests to leave the exhibit area for the safety of our specimens.

The aquarium is also open for school field trips and other groups. For qualified educational groups, we will be open by appointment (pre-reservation) only May 15-18 and May 21-25, 2012 from 10-4pm.

Admissions

  • Adults (age 13 to 65) --$5.00
  • Seniors (age 65 and up) --$3.00
  • Youth (age 3-12 with adult family member) --$3.00
  • Children (age 2 and under with adult family member) --FREE
  • Seasonal Membership (FAMILY) --$60.00
  • Seasonal Membership (INDIVIDUAL) --$30.00
  • School groups--$2.50 per student, teachers free; see details and reservation info here
  • Summer camps/Daycares--$2.50 per person

(Reservations need to be made 2 weeks in advance to get this rate.)
(Price does not include additional programs or guided activities - call for more information)
Groups and Tour Groups--Call for rates and see group details and reservation info here
(Reservations need to be made 2 weeks in advance)
(Price will not include additional programs or guided activities - call for more information)
(Group rate discounts are available for school and tour groups only)
Gift passes are available
Guests interested in having a Birthday Party at our facility please contact us for more information and pricing.

Directions

We are located at 194 McKown Point Road, West Boothbay Harbor, Maine 04575. The road ends at our parking lot.
For GPS users we are located at 43.8439/ -69.6400.
Directions from various starting points
A map to our facility from US Route 1

Contact Information

  • Reservations and information: (207) 633-9542, or visit our Field Trips and Group Reservations page
  • The aquarium (during open hours): (207) 633-9559
  • The Marine Education office: (207) 633-9542
  • DMR reception area: (207) 633-9500
  • E-mail: aquarium@maine.gov

Planning your visit

Some helpful hints for planning your visit to the aquarium:

  • Enjoy a memorable picnic lunch with us! Pack a picnic and enjoy the views from our picnic tables that overlook Boothbay Harbor. There are restrooms and a gift shop, but no food concessions within walking distance.
  • If you are bringing children, be sure to have them wear older clothes and bring a dry change. Our touch tanks are very popular and kids can get wet when exploring the creatures in the water.
  • Bring a camera to capture those special moments at the aquarium.
  • The weather in Maine can be unpredictable, so be prepared when you come. A weather report can be found here.
  • Learn more about what our area has to offer at the Boothbay Chamber of Commerce web site or the Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce web site.
  • And don't forget to pack your curiosity!

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