Save the Bay’s Exploration Center & Aquarium reopening

The building has been closed for much of the past 18 months, first for renovations, then because of the pandemic. It’ll reopen Monday.

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NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE) – Save the Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium building has seen very few visitors over the past 18 months.  It was closed in December 2019 for upgrades and renovations, then reopened for just two weeks before the pandemic forced them to lock their doors once again.  They’ve been hard at work during that time.

Jess Bornstein with Save the Bay says, “We’ve been making improvements.  We’ve been getting our animals ready.  And, we’re super excited to have people come back and visit us.”

The aquarium will finally reopen this Monday, and when you walk through the front doors, there are going to be some noticeable changes.

Bornstein says, “We got this really amazing grant that paid for a new shark and skate exhibit, which we’re super excited about.”

They’ve also expanded and rebuilt several other exhibits as they continue working toward their mission to improve and protect Narragansett Bay.

Bornstein says, “Our hope is that when people come to visit our aquarium, they learn more about our bay and they learn to care a little bit more as well, so they make better informed decisions.”

If you’re planning to visit, you should know that masks are required for everyone, vaccinated or not.  There is also a capacity limit of 20 people at a time.  But, the staff tell us they’re just excited to reopen their doors so they can share their love for narragansett bay with you.

Bornstein says, “It’s going to be just really great to be able to get hands on with our guests, really show them up close and personal all of our amazing animals.  I always think just having that in person connection really strengthens that bond to want to care and protect Narragansett Bay a little bit more.”

For more information, visit their website: https://www.savebay.org/family-fun/aquarium/

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