Aquarium of the Pacific
The Aquarium of the Pacific's mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems.
Our vision is to create an aquarium dedicated to conserving and building Natural Capital (Nature and Nature's services) by building Social Capital (the interactions between and among peoples).
The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth most-attended aquarium in the nation. It displays over 11,000 animals in more than 50 exhibits that represent the diversity of the Pacific Ocean. Each year more than 1.5 million people visit the Aquarium. Beyond its world-class animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Through these programs and a variety of multimedia experiences, the Aquarium provides opportunities to delve deeper into ocean science and learn more about our planet. The Aquarium of the Pacific has redefined the modern aquarium. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions.
The Aquarium features a NOAA Science on a Sphere, which exhibits imagery and real-time ocean and weather data on a six-foot diameter globe. It also presents daily shows covering topics such as sea level rise and marine ecosystems. Throughout the year, the Aquarium features art exhibits, performing arts shows, and cultural festivals as a way to engage new audiences and make science accessible.
Decided to do a quick morning trip before leaving LA. Long Beach and the area around the aquarium itself feels clean and nice. The aquarium I found to be good. Comparable to the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town South Africa where I live with the following exceptions... Two Oceans has a large shark exhibit that is well presented. Aquarium of Pacific has many touch displays which Two Oceans doesn't. I think it is difficult to really stand out an an Aquarium as many now have sharks on display which I imagine is a big draw card. Aquarium of the Pacific has many jellies on display which was both interesting and visually pleasing. Small shark and ray touch tank was nice but not too sure how great that is from and animal welfare point of view. I caught a bit of a talk at the main display tank when you walk in and based on that together with the general theme throughout I felt that the aquarium was ethically responsible and did have a conservationist priority.
Claudia Kass Lascola
This is truly a fantastic aquarium. My boyfriend and I went here for a day and were pleased with our experience. There are several touch tanks for those who want to interact with the fish, beautiful, well thought out exhibits featuring a huge variety of different fish, and my favorite, the interactive parrot walk through. You can go and have little parrots just land on you - it's so much fun. The staff were very knowledgeable and kind and the facility was clean and well-maintained. I recommend paying the extra few dollars to do the harbor cruise as well. It's overall a really great time.
This is a small aquarium, but worth the visit. The staff members are nice are great at providing information on the animals. When we went, there was construction in the areas, but the large parking garage across the street provided a quick and easy access to the aquarium. There are neat outdoor exhibits where you can touch some sharks and the indoor jelly fish are beautiful! Their little movie show is outdated, but still has great information.
This is an excellent Aquarium. The staff was actually amazing. The women that led the sea lion and seal show were entertaining and very professional entire time, great job team! There is also a place where you can touch jellyfish and other ocean life. I really just can't say enough about how helpful and friendly the staff was at all of the stations.
Jon Alain Guzik
This place is great. I went for the first time the day after Thanksgiving and it was busy but not crazy crowded. The exhibits are fantastic and so are the shows. An added Bonus, if you are a Chase Private Client and you have the arts and entertainment card you get free admission for two. Pretty great as the aquarium is not inexpensive. I can't wait to go back and spend a lot more time looking at the Jellyfish.