Oregon Coast Aquarium Commences more Renovations
Newport, Oregon — The Oregon Coast Aquarium (OCAq) has commenced construction on its next series of
projects, including major renovations to its indoor galleries and café.
The projects comprise the second phase of the Aquarium’s multi–phase Capital Campaign for improvement.
Construction is to be completed in spring 2023, and will give way to gallery improvements and new additions.
The Aquarium’s café, Rocky Shores, Sandy Shores, and Coastal Waters galleries will undergo general
renovations. The Sandy Shores gallery will be outfitted with a newly remodeled touch pool, expanding its
capacity and providing more opportunities for visitors to meet Oregon’s intertidal species, while the Coastal
Waters gallery will feature a new mangrove exhibit. Alongside the existing galleries, the Aquarium will also construct a new gallery space dedicated entirely to seajellies.
To ensure the safety of visitors during active construction, the Aquarium’s café, Sandy Shores and Rocky
Shores galleries will be temporarily closed beginning September 6.
Aquarium admission prices will remain unchanged, and guests will continue to have access to a variety of
other exhibits and features; as a non–profit organization, ticket sales and memberships support the care of
Aquarium animals along with conservation and rehabilitation efforts.
Completion of these projects is thanks to contributions from major donors, including the State of Oregon, Al
Gleason, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, James and Shirley Rippey Family Foundation, Maybelle Clark
Macdonald Fund, John & Nancy Dennis Family, Jim Pattison/Roth’s Fresh Markets, Marta & Ken Thrasher,
Christine & David Vernier, Miller Family Holdings and Aquarium Volunteers.
To learn more about the Aquarium’s current projects and progress, visit givetoaquarium.org.