Schubel Family Culmination Gallery
After the theater show, visitors enter the culmination gallery, which features a massive interactive projection wall, game tables, and animal exhibits. These exhibits help visitors learn more about, explore, and create a sustainable future.
Along the right side of the gallery, three animal exhibits illustrate how our production and use of resources affect wildlife.
The delta smelt is a small 2- to 3-inch-long fish found only in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Added to California’s Endangered Species Act list in 2010, its population is near extinction, with just one fish found in a 2016 survey and zero found in 2018. The Aquarium of the Pacific is the first public aquarium to exhibit delta smelt, highlighting the impact California’s water infrastructure has on wildlife.
Yellowtail, a fish native to California, could be raised in offshore aquaculture farms with a lesser environmental impact than beef or pork.
Pacific Oysters | Olympia Oysters
An exhibit featuring Pacific and Olympia oysters demonstrates how oysters could be farmed off our coast as a way to filter and clean ocean waters and stabilize shorelines.
The first exhibit visitors encounter in the culmination gallery is a tall column equipped with digital displays of real-time global population data and food, energy, and water consumption. The column also has displays activated by buttons to show population projections into the future. One side looks at the global population, and the other side covers California.
A mini-theater located near the culmination gallery exit plays a short film on a large flatscreen array. The film addresses the levers we can move to make a global change (our choices regarding food, energy, and water), and the fulcrum (the internet and social media, which provide opportunities to form global communities for action).