Visitors to Penobscot Marine Museum will have several opportunities to learn about the marine life of Penobscot Bay and touch a number of sea creatures this summer.

Oceanographer Mike Dunn will present a program on marine life at 1 p.m. on three Sundays: July 18, Aug. 8 and Aug. 29. Visitors will be invited to ask questions and hold some of the animals in the museum’s touch-tank marine aquarium.

In addition, the tank will be open 1-2 p.m. each Thursday. A staff person will talk about the animals in the tank and allow visitors to hold and touch some of them.

The programs are free with museum admission.

The touch-tank is home to crabs, starfish, mollusks, a lobster and other marine animals native to Penobscot Bay. It spends the winter at various elementary schools, providing learning opportunities to area students, and from May through October it is a feature of the museum’s children’s learning area known as the Marine Science Lab.

Located on Route 1, Penobscot Marine Museum is Maine’s oldest maritime museum and home to the state’s largest display of historic boats and outstanding collections of marine art and artifacts, ship models and historic photography. Admission is free for Searsport residents.

More information is at or call 548-2529