National Aquarium - Washington, DC

National Aquarium, Washington, DC closed to the public September 30, 2013

Washington, DC

On September 30, 2013, National Aquarium, Washington, DC closed its doors to the public due to necessary renovations in the historic Herbert C. Hoover Department of Commerce building.

Since learning of the need to close in DC, a National Aquarium Board task force has been exploring opportunities and funding options that would support the Aquarium's goal of maintaining a presence in the capital, where a public aquarium has existed since the late 1800s.

In September 2013, the National Aquarium announced the next step in establishing its future presence in Washington, DC. The National Aquarium has engaged with a strategic collaboration of new partners, Studio Gang Architects (SGA) and IMPACTS Research & Development. The assembled team is currently leading a process entitled BLUEprint, which includes research, engagement, design and analysis to determine the National Aquarium’s best use of resources in the nation’s capital, identifying key partners, defining the optimal facilities and program and delineating the range of costs.

Stay tuned for more updates on the National Aquarium's future presence in Washington, DC.

Animal Moves:

Approximately 1,700 of the over 2,500 animals have been transitioned to new homes at the Aquarium's Baltimore facility. Many of these animals are now highlighted on exhibit at the National Aquarium, Baltimore, including the very popular loggerhead sea turtle, Brownie, and Toby, the rare blue lobster.

Learn more about what animals made the trip to Baltimore and other accredited institutions.

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