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Happy New Year!

As we begin 2021, we have high hopes that by this upcoming summer season that we will be able to expand our outreach and provide a fun and educational experience for all of our visitors. 

BIMI’s plans for the summer are to continue entertain and educate as many people as possible. Although we are hoping for a very social summer, we are planning for a blended approach. We look forward to sharing our five large aquarium tanks and indoor displays with children of all ages as well as offering programs in safe and enjoyable manner. We plan to continue with our Tuesday Talks whether in-person or in a virtual format. Most of all, however, we look forward to again seeing the smiles of our visitors and plan to re-open in May of 2021.

In this season of giving, if you would like to support our mission and contribute to bringing smiles to our visitors, we would appreciate donations of any size. Simply press the donate button at the top of the page for electronic transactions or mail us a check if you prefer. 

If you would rather give of your time,  we invite you to volunteer with BIMI in the upcoming season. We will be looking for volunteers to help our aquarist or to become docents or If you have other skills that you think could help, we would be happy to talk with you. Please contact us at if you would like to discuss a volunteer opportunity.


Tuesday Talks

We have concluded our talks for the 2020 summer season. Stay tuned as we hope to host some virtual talks during upcoming months.

Programs for the Whole Family

Aquarium Tanks Open Limited Hours

BIMI is now closed for the season. We look forward to seeing everyone next summer. During the off-season, we will continue to upgrade the BIMI building and exhibits and look forward to sharing new things with you in 2021. Our anticipated Grand reopening will be Memorial Day weekend 2021.

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Daily Programs

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The island as classroom:
The College Crusade comes to Block Island

The College Crusade visits Block Island. Standing, from left, Block Island Maritime Institute Program Director Valerie Preler, College Crusade Teachers Harry Moore and Omar Valerio. Seated, from left, are students Ricardo Vicente, Kaheim Horacius, Kaishawn Goncalves, teacher Genesis Castaneda, students Matheo Perez, Leo Chan and Alan de la Cruz. Photos by Lars Trodson.

Giving To BIMI

BIMI greatly appreciates your support. Consider making a donation today. Your donation directly supports our mission, “to provide and foster educational programs and maritime activities including marine science and maritime heritage for residents and visitors on Block Island.”