National Aquarium to Close Sept. 30th Due to Renovations at the Commerce Building

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From the National Aquarium:

The Board of Directors of the National Aquarium, Washington, DC, has announced that, due to necessary renovations in the Department of Commerce building, the facility will be closing on September 30, 2013. The General Services Administration (GSA) requires National Aquarium to vacate its current space in the building by March 2014.

This September 30 closing date allows National Aquarium, Washington, DC, to meet GSA’s March deadline using a timeline that accommodates its main priority: the needs of its animals and staff. The collection of more than 1,500 animals will be transitioned to new homes at either National Aquarium, Baltimore, or at other accredited aquariums.

“Here at the National Aquarium, we value our DC venue’s rich history as the nation’s first public aquarium, and we are committed to maintaining a presence in the capital, where a public aquarium has existed since the late 1800s,” said Tamika Langley Tremaglio, National Aquarium, Washington, DC, Board Chair.

A task force of National Aquarium Board members is exploring opportunities and funding options that would support this goal. The closure will not impact the operation of National Aquarium, Baltimore, one of the nation’s leading aquariums.

Established in 1873, the National Aquarium, Washington, DC, first opened its doors to visitors in 1885 with a collection of 180 species of fish, reptiles and other aquatic animals.

7 Comment

  • a deliverance! that place was such a disappointingly small, dark and depressing aquarium.

  • Aw, sad. Sure, the space was kind of creepy, and 90% of the critters there could be purchased at a well-stocked PetSmart, but it was convenient and cheap and a 4 year old doesn’t know how much better Monterey Bay Aquarium is.

    I sure hope they re-open, and dare I hope for a little physical space upgrade?

  • I am not sure where I heard / read it but I thought I saw something about the National Aquarium opening in a new building at the SW Waterfront area between the Metro Station and the River

    • This makes the most sense to me. Maybe they could put a nice new aquarium somewhere in the massive PN Hoffman project.

  • I have always liked that place. I think the big aquariums are great, but they are really expensive, exhausting, and some of them have a 6 flags vibe. My 4 year old went yesterday and was thrilled, and he’s been to Baltimore and Camden/Philly aquariums recently. I hope they’ll reopen, even as a smaller venue like they have now.

  • I always thought of the National Aquarium as some wonderful, magical and mythical place in DC.

  • The one in Baltimore is better anyways.

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