Be a Part of Maritime Aquarium’s Donor Wall of Fish

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Secure your place on a new donor wall consisting of shimmering fish in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and be part of the school of supporters helping to sustain the popular family attraction through the years ahead.

— an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

The large donor wall will feature fish of different sizes and shapes, with contributors’ names etched on each creature. Titled “Our Sound Future,” the installation will be revealed near the large shark exhibit this summer as part of the aquarium’s 30th-anniversary celebrations.

Because donors decide what is written on their fish, the installation offers the chance to declare individual or family support for the Aquarium, or to perhaps honor a relative or friend in memoriam, said Alicia Wettenstein, the aquarium’s director of development.

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The Donor Wall

“The donor wall is a great, lasting way to declare your support for the Maritime Aquarium and our efforts for marine education and environmental stewardship,” Wettenstein said. “Celebrate what the aquarium has meant to you and your children, or even to the City of Norwalk and the region over the past 30 years, in a fun way that will be seen by all of our guests in the years ahead.”

Fish are available at three levels: large fish for $3,000; medium for $300; and small fish for $50.

Because The Maritime Aquarium is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) institution, all purchases for the “Our Sound Future” donor wall are entirely tax-deductible.

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Closer view of the donor wall


“Catch” and inscribe your fish here.

Opened in July 1988, The Maritime Aquarium is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate visitors about — and to create stewards for — Long Island Sound.

It accomplishes this by allowing visitors to get close to more than 300 species native to the Sound and its watershed, including sharks, seals, sea turtles, river otters, jellyfish and other animals.

One of the top places for family fun in Connecticut, the Aquarium also features hands-on educational programs and displays, public study cruises out onto the Sound, and Connecticut’s largest IMAX® movie theater, with a screen that’s six stories high. reviewers rate The Maritime Aquarium as one of the Top 25 aquariums in the U.S. and No. 1 in New England.

Learn more about exhibits, programs, IMAX movies and cruises here.