Sad news!

After being open for less than 2 years, The Children's Aquarium and Exploration Center of Greater Fall River is closing its doors for good.

In a message posted on Facebook, executive director Michelle Ahaesy says their last day will be Sunday, August 27th.

"Despite support efforts from many friends, families and small businesses, the local banks and credit unions in Fall River did not feel the aquarium should receive Community Reinvested funds the last four years we applied and we simply cannot continue to exist on the budget we have now. We've spoken to the city about this six months ago, but unfortunately we were faced with dead ends around any grant money that could help us stay true to our mission."

The post continued to say thank you to everyone who has helped sponsor events there and to all of the visitors and volunteers who have enjoyed the center. "We would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to those visitors who allowed us to be a part of their family experience. Teaching, creating, laughing and forming bonds with visitors has been a dream come true, even if it was for a short time."

Do yourself a favor, if you haven't been there, make plans to visit them at 16 Granite Street in Fall River before they close.  If you have been there before, stop in and say goodbye and thanks to everyone who made the aquarium possible for the last 2 years.

The aquarium will be donating all of their tanks and various species to Bristol County Agricultural High School in Berkley.

We will miss you!