Along with plush animals, apparel, and decorative items that represent the Aquarium’s animals and exhibits, Pacific Collections also stocks jewelry, housewares, and toys that celebrate the ocean and marine life. The store is located just inside the Aquarium’s main entrance and is open daily with limited capacity.
The Aquarium selects gift store items created by local artists and artisans including greeting cards and art prints, sculptures, ceramics, and jewelry with an ocean, aquatic, nautical, or conservation theme.
Earth-friendly items in the gift shop include toys and artwork made with recycled materials and reusable beverage containers, straws, and utensils.
Pacific Collections was expanded and remodeled in 2013. The project expanded the store’s square footage and improved its look and feel, while increasing the store’s energy efficiency and use of materials manufactured in the United States. The remodel included the installation of a large-scale glass photo mural of a kelp forest captured by underwater photographer Jim Hellemn.