Mystic Aquarium, located in Mystic, Connecticut, was founded in 1973 and privately owned by Kelvin Smith. The location was chosen by the famed philanthropist and industrialist due to its proximity to the ocean coast and rich maritime history. The aquarium joined forces with Ballard Institute for Exploration in 1999 and underwent over $50 million in renovations.
The aquarium is renowned for its beluga whale exhibit. It is the only place in New England to host them, as well as one of only three facilities in the United States that is home to Steller Sea Lions. In 2012, Mystic aquarium expanded again to open the Ocean Exploration Center. This exhibit featured maps, diagrams, models and stories of Dr. Robert Ballard’s deep sea explorations of The Black Sea, and the infamous wreckage of the RMS Titanic. There was even a live feed camera to the Nautilus ship where aquarium visitors could talk to scientists and explorers live to ask questions.
1.Mystic Aquarium History
2.Animals and Exhibits
6.Plan This Vacation
Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut
- Mystic Aquarium History, Photo: Courtesy of Silvia Pascual - Fotolia.com
- Animals and Exhibits, Photo: Courtesy of Vero - Fotolia.com
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- More Exibits, Photo: Courtesy of Arvind Balaraman - Fotolia.com
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