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Aquarium Expansion Grand Opening

Release Date: 2019-05-16

Next week one of the most exciting grand openings in recent Long Beach history will take place - the opening of the new Pacific Visions wing at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Just 27 months after breaking ground, the innovative and beautiful Pacific Visions opens May 21 and it is a bold, rich addition to what has long been one of our community’s most beloved attractions, the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Pacific Visions is already making a splash with its iconic architecture and design and I know people can’t wait to get inside and see the new art gallery, immersive theater, multimedia interactive installations, and live animal exhibits. Like the entire Aquarium, Pacific Visions is more than just a fun activity for the whole family. The new wing carries on the Aquarium’s mission of providing science and education about our marine ecosystems, climate change, and how humans interact with the environment, increasing the Aquarium’s annual educational capacity by 20%.

And this couldn’t come at a more important time. Too many people still won’t accept that climate change is not only real - it’s happening right now, and we have to adapt. The Aquarium has helped Long Beach become a national leader on climate science and adaptation and Pacific Visions will also support this crucial work that is so important to our future.

The dream of Pacific Visions couldn’t have become a reality without support from so many in our community, first and foremost the City Council and the leadership of the Aquarium CEO, Jerry Schubel, his executive team, and the Board of Directors.

Our thanks to all of them, and to everyone who worked so hard on this project.

You can read about Pacific Visions here.