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‘Mount Desert Oceanarium’, Acadia, Maine (By Bar Harbor) — CLOSED (At Least For NOW).

by Anura Guruge

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The tarp-covered main sign on Route 3 (taken last Wednesday).

What I got when I did a Google search on “mount desert oceanarium”.

Click to access my post from 3-years ago.

David Mills — the owner.

My pictures from 3-years ago. Attribution will be enforced.

We were on the way to Stonington last Wednesday, June 26, 2019, when I saw the (dreaded) blue tarp covered sign. On the way back I stopped and pulled into the driveway. The gate was closed and padlocked.

The next morning I checked with a knowledgeable local who also happens to drive past the Oceanarium every day. He confirmed that it was indeed closed and that it had only been partially open the year before.

This is distressing.

It was a good destination especially in inclement weather — and you can’t spend 5-days in Bar Harbor over the Summer without encountering at least one of those days.

We, in 2016, had more or less a PRIVATE tour with David Mills, the owner, as the pictures above attest. He took a liking to us. That Deanna’s father had been a Maine lobsterman might have played a role.

I liked David. He and I chatted for quite a long time — and I had stopped by in September 2016 also to have a word with him.

I wanted, quite desperately, to write his life story and the history of the Mount Desert Oceanarium‘. David was v. interested with the notion BUT, alas, had an issue with I (and let’s face it — who doesn’t). David is a profoundly religious, God-fearing soul. It distressed him that I was not. It was one of the first things he asked me. Where I stood with God. My answer distressed him. His line, in the end, was that he did NOT think that God would approve of a hardened heathen such as I writing David’s life story. His final words on the matter to I was: “maybe I should write it myself. I will have to see what God wants“.

I have not given up on David even if he might have on I. I am going to try and contact him.

I hope there is a way that the Oceanarium can be reopened.

Stay tuned. As far as I am concerned this is but a hiatus.

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by Anura Guruge

“Mount Desert Oceanarium”, ‘Acadia’, Maine — The Place To Learn About Lobsters.

by Anura Guruge

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All taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

Attribution WILL be enforced.


Click image to access the “Oceanarium’ Website.

We stopped at the “Mount Desert Oceanarium“, just outside Bar Harbor, on Saturday, July 9, 2016, on our way back from our 3-day jaunt to “Acadia National Park” for the Park’s Centennial. I had always wanted to check it out and the kids, of late, are BIG into things Aquarium-related. It was a damp and cloudy afternoon and visiting the Oceanarium seemed like a good option. We are so glad we did.

Though it has a “Touch Tank” with starfish, horseshoe etc. and some exhibits of fish this delightful place really should be called a “Lobsterarium” as opposed to an “Oceanarium”. 96% of it, in my estimation, is all lobster-related. Nothing wrong with that, especially in Maine. It is a treasure trove of exhibits and information about lobsters and the working, extremely busy “Lobster Hatchery” is a sight to behold. I, though Deanna is the daughter of a lobsterman, had no idea as to the early life of lobsters. Wow. 10,000 or more eggs laid at a time by a mother lobster but in the ocean less than 1% of these result in an adult lobster. The survival rate is much higher in the Hatchery — the only one in New England.

A visit to the “Oceanarium” includes two 30-minute presentations, one at the Hatchery and the other at the “Lobster Museum” as well as 30-minutes exploration at the Touch Tank. The presentations were very informative. I, as usual, lucked out. I got to have a long and meaningful chat with founder and owner David Mills (seen in the pictures above). This led to him spending nearly half an hour with Deanna and the kids showing them how to ‘knit’ lobster bait pots etc. That was a bonus.

All together a very good experience. Well worth the entrance fee, i.e., $15 for adults, $10 for kids. If you are in the area definitely stop by but make sure you have allocated at least 2.5 hours for the visit. Enjoy.

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by Anura Guruge