Mount Desert Oceanarium
1351 Bar Harbor Road (Route 3), Bar Harbor
How was the lobster on my dinner plate captured? Is it male or female? And what does it mean to be a berried female? The Mount Desert Oceanarium is the place to visit to answer these questions and more. Handle animals like sea urchin, moon snails, horseshoes crabs, and sea cucumbers in the touch tank, and catch a rare glimpse of these crustaceans at multiple life stages, including tiny lobsters just two weeks old, in the lobster hatchery. Guided exhibits on the lobster industry help demonstrate the role of this important fishery in Maine’s economy and culture. Walk the winding trail through a Maine salt marsh ecosystem and take in the view from the tower.
207.288.5005 | www.theoceanarium.com
Seasonal M-Sat 9-5. Fee. Parking. Restrooms. Picnic area.
Events & Activities
Exhibits: Maine Lobster Fishing Program, Marsh Tour, Lobster Hatchery, Discovery Pool Touch Tank. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Sunday mid-May to late October.
Sources & Links
Maine Folklife Center, Life of the Maine Lobsterman Interview Collection: Interviews with Edwin Lawson, 73, about lobstering on the Maine coast.