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Get Your Original Penguin Art!
Penguin paintings created by our African penguins are available for purchase in the Aquarium Store or online.
The 16-inch-by-20-inch paintings ($199.99) are double-matted in white with black inner trim and encased in a black wood frame. The paintings will be available in two three-color combinations: purple, blue and green and dark red, blue and green.
How do the penguins paint?
Creating these paintings is a form of enrichment for the penguins. Approximately half of the penguins here have unleashed their inner artistes to create art. Here’s how they do it:
1. All of our African penguins are trained to stick out their feet, which allows our trainers to examine them regularly as part of our animal care program.
A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go toward the aquarium’s many penguin conservation efforts here and across the world. The African penguin population has decreased by over 60 percent since 2001. The penguins at the aquarium play an integral role in the African Penguin Species Survival Plan, and the aquarium staff’s work with them is helping researchers better understand penguins in the wild.
Watch one of the resident artists create a painting!
Mystic Aquarium is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
April - Labor Day: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Once inside, guests may visit one additional hour after close. Hours are subject to change without notice.
Please note the Aquarium will be closing early on the following dates:
In the event of severe weather, please call 860.572.5955 for updates.
The store at Mystic Aquarium is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
April - Labor Day: 10:00am to 6:00pm
The Penguins Café™ is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 10:00am to 3:00pm
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We welcome people with disabilities or special needs. If you require or desire assistance during your visit to Mystic Aquarium please contact us at 860-572-5955 ext. 0 or see a guest member services staff member upon arrival.
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