Planning for the future of Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium Master Plan

Master planning

The Seattle Aquarium is the centerpiece and cultural anchor of Seattle’s central waterfront and, as the plans for a new civic waterfront park develop, so are the plans for Aquarium expansion. As called for in the Aquarium’s strategic plan, our plans include new exhibits about our changing environment, additional capacity to serve our growing population, more space for education and outreach, an expanded role as a leader in advocacy and policy, and increased research on our marine environment.

We have hired an exceptional architect, Marc L’Italien from EHDD, whose designs have been recognized with numerous national, AIA and museum awards. His work at the John G. Shedd Aquarium, the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the new Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco reflects his ability to create designs that intelligently and sustainably incorporate the essential qualities of a project’s mission.

Tom Hennes, principal of Thinc, complements the expertise of Marc L’Italien with world-renowned exhibit design talent. Mr. Hennes’ work includes exhibit design at the new California Academy of Science, the 911 Memorial Museum, and the Field Museum in Chicago.

As an integral part of the central waterfront project, we have been working closely with the Office of the Waterfront and the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation on a Master Plan for expansion that includes renovations to Piers 59 and 60, new expansion space, and seamless connections to a greatly improved public space.

View Stakeholder Briefings and Open House Feedback from June 16, Draft Master Plan Open House.

For more information about the process and key dates, please refer to the Aquarium master plan fact sheet prepared by the City of Seattle Office of the Waterfront.


Strategic Plan Document

Central Waterfront and
Elliott Bay Seawall Planning

The Aquarium is actively engaged in the Central Waterfront and Elliott Bay Seawall planning process based upon replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct with the new SR 99 tunnel creating new public spaces along the waterfront.