National Aquarium Closes Today at the Commerce Building

Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

[email protected] tweets:

“As we reflect on the closure of our DC facility today, we just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their amazing support.”

Back in May we learned of the coming closure at the Commerce Building:

“The collection of more than 1,500 animals will be transitioned to new homes at either National Aquarium, Baltimore, or at other accredited 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.”

4 Comment

  • Guess I won’t miss it as I never knew it there.

    Pop what else are you hiding from me? 🙂

  • I went once, and it was terrible! Well intentioned, but poorly executed. There were tons of empty tanks and closed areas of the (already small) exhibit area. It just couldn’t compete with the Zoo’s marine life exhibits like the Amazon house. I will say that my favorite part was the two baby crocodiles they had. I remember the plaque saying that the donor’s (or someone’s) grandchildren got to name them… and they called them Crunchy and Munchy 🙂

    • The terribleness was kind of part of the appeal! I don’t know, maybe I enjoyed it ironically. I can’t tell any more.

  • When I was a kid it was amazing. When I was an adult, not so much. I know pet shops with better displays than there. Hopefully DC builds something to outdo Baltimore. Aquariums are always one of my favorite tourist destinations.

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