Maria Mitchell Association Opens for Season on June 8

NANTUCKET –When the Maria Mitchell Association opens its Aquarium, Natural Science Museum, Historic Mitchell House, Vestal Street Observatory, and the Loines Observatory for the season on June 8, there will be plenty of new exhibits and programs to quench everyone’s thirst for science education and research.

The Maria Mitchell Association Aquarium will feature an exhibit dedicated to jellyfish.

With a new tank, designed specifically for jellyfish, visitors will have the opportunity to examine these gelatinous creatures up close and learn more about their lifecycle and the role they play in the ocean ecosystem.

At the Natural Science Museum at Hinchman House, a new exhibit called “The Teabag Experiment” will entice visitors to become citizen scientists and be part of a worldwide research project to collect data on decomposition rates and global warming.

Visitors to the exhibit will receive a research kit to take home containing fast and slow decomposing tea bags with known starting weights.

The teabags are buried in the ground and allowed to decompose for a period of three months at which time they will be dug up and weighted again.

The summer season will also bring new educational programs for adults and children alike.

For a complete listing of programs, speakers and workshops, visit or call for a complete program catalog.

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