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2020 at the Aquarium

Read about the education, conservation, animal care, and outreach work that happened at the Aquarium this year despite the hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Academy educator in front of a sea turtle on screen

Aquarium Online Academy Winter Kids Club

These free live classes, paired with fun and educational at-home activities, will engage your child during their winter break at home.

Molina Family Portrait

Molina Family Donation Aims to Help the Aquarium Survive the Pandemic

The family’s donation of $75,000 was made to honor the late Dr. C. David Molina and help the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Molina family is asking everyone who has lost a loved one and wants to make a donation in their honor or who has a personal connection to the Aquarium to join them in helping the institution and its animals at this critical time.

Sea otter holding a red star

Enjoy Virtual Offerings and Donate

Due to new Safer-at-Home orders, the Aquarium has fully closed to the public for at least three weeks starting Sunday, December 6, 2020. We were all hoping for a better holiday season. For some relief during this challenging time, we invite you to enjoy our Virtual Offerings. Also, please help us with whatever donation you can afford.

Young masked mad feeds rays by hand while wading in a shallow pool

New Animal Encounters Now Booking With COVID Safety Measures

For those in search of outdoor activities with COVID-19 safety measures, the Aquarium of the Pacific is offering up-close experiences with its animals.

Moon Jelly Feed Experience

Feed the Moon Jellies on Harbor Terrace

Purchase a cup of tiny brine shrimp to gently pour over the jellies and watch as they collect the food with their stinging tentacles.

Pacific Visions exterior

Now Accepting Applications for African American Scholar Program

The Aquarium will award $50,000 each year to support African American students who demonstrate a commitment to studies related to careers in the aquarium field.

Penguin close-up portrait

Penguin Encounters Now Availabile

Participants will have the chance to sit next to a penguin as it waddles around outside the June Keyes Penguin Habitat before the Aquarium opens to the public in the morning.

Parker the sea lion

Send a Personal Greeting from a Seal, Sea Lion, or Sea Otter with Cameo

Book a Cameo greeting from the Aquarium’s animals. Funds raised through this program support the Aquarium’s animal care, education, and conservation programs.

community science shark research

Aquarium Volunteers Logged Over 4,000 Hours for Global Shark Survey

The survey’s findings, that sharks are functionally extinct on nearly 20 percent of the world’s coral reefs, were published in the journal Nature this month.

Academy educator in front of a sea turtle on screen

Aquarium Online Academy Summer Kids Club

These free live classes, paired with fun and educational at home activities, will engage your child during their summer at home.

Peter Kareiva headshot

Aquarium Announces New CEO

The Aquarium of the Pacific has announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Kareiva as its new president and CEO beginning on August 1, 2020. Current President and CEO Dr. Jerry R. Schubel will retire from the Aquarium on July 31, 2020.

Academy educator in front of a green screen with broadcasting equipment in the foreground

Support the Online Academy

The Online Academy provides innovative learning opportunities for students in pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade, as well as curated content for adults.

Harbor seals on rocks as seen from Urban Ocean Cruise

Aquarium Announces Poetry Contest Winners

The Aquarium the Pacific is announcing the winners of its 11th Annual Poetry Contest as part of the Urban Ocean Festival. The contest’s theme in 2020 was Living Lighter on Earth in the Anthropocene.

Entrance plaza with guests walking

Aquarium is Now Open With Safety Measures

The Aquarium reopens to the public on Sunday, June 14. Advance timed reservations, face coverings for all visitors age 2 and older, and temperature checks are required.

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