Aquarium of Niagara

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Aquarium of Niagara
Aquarium of Niagara Logo.jpg
Date opened June 12, 1965
Location 701 Whirlpool Street, Niagara Falls, New York 14301
Coordinates 43°05′40″N 79°03′37″W / 43.0943249°N 79.0601435°W / 43.0943249; -79.0601435
Owner Niagara Aquarium Foundation

The Aquarium of Niagara is a not-for-profit aquarium in Niagara Falls, New York. Originally privately owned and founded by a group of chemists and other scientists, it opened on June 12, 1965. Ownership was transferred to a non-profit foundation, the Sea Research Foundation, in 1977, and then to the Niagara Aquarium Foundation in 1994.[1] The aquarium's stated mission is "to broaden the public’s awareness of aquatic ecosystems through innovative and stimulating exhibits, displays, and educational and recreational programs that promote conservation and support research."[2]

Animals on display at the aquarium include Humboldt penguins, California sea lions, harbor seals, sharks, freshwater turtles, sturgeon, sea horses, and other freshwater and saltwater fish.[3][4] There is also a tidal pool exhibit.[5] The building houses over 1,500 aquatic animals.[6] The aquarium is located in a circular building approximately 200 meters from the Niagara River. A mural on the exterior by Wyland, the "Whaling Wall", depicts marine life.[6]

The Aquarium of Niagara hosts sleepovers for scout and school groups, as well as birthday parties.[7][8] For an extra fee, visitors can book encounters with harbor seals or penguins.[4] There are also internship and volunteer programs.[9][10]

Rates and hours[edit]

The aquarium is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with the last admissions at 4:30 PM. Admission fees are $13 for adults, $11.25 for senior citizens (over 60), $9 for children (ages three to twelve), and free for those aged two and under. Parking is free.[11] Annual memberships, with reciprocal arrangements with other zoos and aquariums as well as additional benefits, are offered.[12] The 'Fin'esse Gift Shop is located onsite.[13]


  1. ^ "Aquarium of Niagara History". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Aquarium of Niagara Mission". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Aquarium of Niagara Stars". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Aquarium of Niagara Encounters". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Aquarium of Niagara Animal Activities". Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Aquarium of Niagara". Niagara Falls State Park. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Birthday Parties". Aquarium of Niagara. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sleepovers". Aquarium of Niagara. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Internships". Aquarium of Niagara. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Volunteer". Aquarium of Niagara. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rates and Hours". Aqurium of Niagara. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  12. ^ "Annual Passes". Aquarium of Niagara. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Gift Shop". Aquarium of Niagara. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 

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