The New York Aquarium is preparing to make a huge splash in 2016 with the opening of their all-new exhibit building, Ocean Wonders: Sharks. The new exhibit is at the core of the New York Aquarium’s Support-Rebuild-Transform campaign. After Hurricane Sandy’s tragic effects in 2012, the aquarium’s plans for expansion and construction of the project were delayed, but the project is now well on its way to being ready for a 2016 opening.
The project, which represents a $157 million expansion, will see a new 57,000 square foot building added to the New York Aquarium’s campus, and the exhibit will feature over 100 species of marine life. The Ocean Wonders exhibit plans to introduce visitors to marine life from all over the world, including species from both local andexotic waters.
Visitors to the new exhibit can look forward to walking through a coral reef tunnel as well as explore a shipwreck teeming with aquatic life. In addition to galleries of marine species, the Ocean Wonders building will offer educational displays that hope to teach guests how their everyday choices have a direct impact on our oceans.
Ocean Wonders will be home to over 100 marine species, including several species of sharks, rays, skates, sea turtles, and thousands of fish. Three main 500,000-gallon aquarium tanks are planned to house the majority of the animals.
In addition to the educational offerings in the exhibits, the Ocean Wonders building will house classroom labs and a restaurant. Additionally, guests will be able to take in views of the surrounding beach and ocean from the top of the three-story building.
To commemorate the support from the community and fans, the New York Aquarium’s Ocean Wonders exhibit will feature a “Shimmer Wall” that covers the perimeter of the brand-new building. The Shimmer Wall will be comprised of over 30,000 reflective tiles that will move with the wind, and thus shimmer and radiate in wave-like patterns that emulate the ocean. Donations to support the project and have a personalized tile on Shimmer Wall can be made at this link.
Check out this video animation walk-through tour of the new exhibit building: