The World Aquarium was, for a time, a mostly unknown addition to the City Museum, a second floor aquarium that when found, delighted guests with its marine life animals, shows, and exhibits. On September 7th of 2015 the World Aquarium shut it’s doors at the City Museum after 22 years of service, but fully plans on reopening it’s doors in a bigger, better, and newer facility on the Riverfront in 2017. The new complex will have a modern design idea, steel and glass abound, an estimated $49 million project. There is a current public competition on the exterior design details, an award-winning mural artist on the team already by the name of Brian Maheu. Until the new facility is built the animals are all safe and sound in a secure location!
The World Aquarium held over 10,000 animals from over 150 different species, some of the most popular residents being the sharks, sea turtles, and stingrays. This aquarium allows guests to immerse themselves into a world of exotic and also native sea life, the information provided both exciting and educational. Here you will find special school tours, day camps, ongoing research projects, and charity events for the community, not to mention the most important part of this complex, the top notch animal care! The educational programs explain the importance of water and our environment and do so in an interesting, hands-on way. Currently guests can visit the Aqua Room on Laclede's Landing, where they will see a small portion of all the aquatic wonders this aquarium provides!