About Us

BIMI’s Mission

BIMI’s mission is to provide educational experiences and hands-on exploration to inspire appreciation and preservation of the extraordinary saltwater environment around…

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.

Contact BIMI

Block Island Maritime Institute
216 Ocean Avenue
Block Island, RI 02807
Email Us

Our Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 358
Block Island, RI 02807

(401) 500-3501

Hours at BIMI

Wednesday-Monday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesdays: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday Talks: Every Tuesday at 7 PM

2023 Season starts on June 25th and ends August 25th

The outdoor aquarium closes to the public on August 25th. School and group programs/field trips are available through October.

No daily programs from September to May.

Contact us at info@blockislandmaritime.org for school and group info or private events.

Directions to BIMI

From Old Harbor:

  • From the ferry, take a right onto Water Street and follow all the way to Beach Street.
  • Take a right on Beach Street and then a quick left onto Ocean Avenue.
  • We are on the right, down the hill before Dead Eye Dick’s Restaurant.

Meet BIMI's Team

Get to know the hardworking individuals behind everything we do! Our passionate staff members are the heart of our organization.