Mystic Aquarium Opens Milne Ocean Science and Conservation Center

Mystic, CT – Mystic Aquarium formally dedicated the Milne Ocean Science and Conservation Center and officially opened the center for operation. The striking new state-of-the-art facility is a statement of the work that is progressing at Mystic Aquarium every day. 
“This is a $10 million investment in ocean science and conservation,” said Dr. Stephen M. Coan, President & CEO. “It is a place where the mission of Mystic Aquarium will thrive.”
Inside the 18,000-square foot building are digital learning spaces to enhance Mystic Aquarium’s efforts in environmentally-focused STEM education and Citizen Science conservation programming as well as a $1.5 million Aquaculture Laboratory that will service research efforts and animal care needs for Fish & Invertebrates.  Conference space in the building can accommodate up to 300 people.
Direct access to the John T. and Jane A. Weiderhold Foundation Veterinary and Animal Health Center will allow for seamless collaborative activities for the Aquarium’s world-class animal care. In the coming months an art gallery will be opened where conservation-themed art from local artists will be celebrated. Offices and meeting space for education and conservation team are also part of the functionality.
“This is truly a beautiful place to learn and we look forward to welcoming thousands of young people through these doors and inspiring them with our programs,” said Kelly Matis, Vice President, Education & Conservation.
The Milne Ocean Science and Conservation Center further elevates Mystic Aquarium as one of the nation's leading aquariums.