When the Aquarium was built in 1969, the Giant Ocean Tank was constructed first, and everything else went up around it. Starting in September, the Giant Ocean Tank, perhaps the most well known of all our exhibits, will be getting a top-to-bottom, 21st-century transformation. In the process, we're revitalizing the entire building around it.
Time Frame and Logistics
The Aquarium will be rebuilding its signature Giant Ocean Tank and the surrounding exhibit spaces over a 10-month period starting after Labor Day 2012 and finishing in late June 2013. The Aquarium will remain open during the rebuild, with the work being conducted at night. Visit this page for more visitor-related frequently asked questions.
Giant Ocean Tank
This exhibit is already considered to be one of the most complex and sophisticated aquatic exhibits in the world. Improvements slated for this exhibit include:
- New viewing windows
- Redesign of the reef
- Expansion of presentation spaces at the top of the exhibit
- Adding new species
- Reflective ceiling dome
- A ramp to the top of the central tank providing access for wheelchairs and strollers
Blue Planet Action Center
On the first level, an innovative new exhibit area will be constructed to demonstrate to visitors how we are all connected to the oceans and set the stage for the rest of their Aquarium experience by showcasing a series of global research and conservation efforts.
While work is being done on the Giant Ocean Tank, surfaces throughout the main building will be refinished. Behind the scenes, new fire alarm and sprinkler systems will be installed.