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About BIMI

BIMI’s Mission

BIMI’s mission is to provide educational programs and maritime activities including marine science and maritime heritage for residents and visitors on Block Island.

BIMI’s History

The Nature Conservancy named Block Island “one of the last great places on earth.” One reason for this is Block Island’s Great Salt Pond, where the Block Island Maritime Institute has operated for nearly two decades.

BIMI was founded in 1997, when a group of summer and year-round residents came together to purchase the historic Smuggler’s Cove in the Great Salt Pond which was in danger of being sold to a developer. BIMI has grown significantly from its humble beginnings. We continue to offer children’s programs and maritime activities. We have added an outdoor aquarium with five fantastic tanks filled with species from the Great Salt Pond and the waters surrounding Block Island. Come visit us and Learn… to love Block Island.

Giving to BIMI

BIMI greatly appreciates your support. Consider making a donation today. Your donation directly supports our mission, “to provide educational programs and maritime activities including marine science and maritime heritage for residents and visitors on Block Island.” BIMI is a registered 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax deductible. The Block Island Maritime Institute greatly accepts donations via check or through the “donate” button along the bottom of the web page.

Our mail address is:
P.O. Box 358
Block Island, RI 02807

Help the Block Island Maritime Institute’s collection grow. If you have maritime related items you would like to donate, please email us at

Every gift counts.