Seattle Aquarium Ocean Pavilion

The Seattle Aquarium is taking a bold step to advance our conservation mission within and beyond our walls through the creation of the Ocean Pavilion. The expanded Aquarium will be an unparalleled platform for ocean conservation and serve as the magnificent centerpiece for our city’s waterfront.

Aerial view of new Ocean Pavilion and Seattle Aquarium

Today, we’re witnessing the most profound change in our planet’s ocean in the past 64 million years, and it’s happening within one human lifetime. Our generation will define what it looks like to live on Planet Earth for those who follow. Seattle can lead the way, and the expanded Aquarium will help us shed light on the urgent threats facing our ocean, mobilize a new generation of marine conservationists and create something remarkable for our city in the process.

Rendering of new Seattle waterfront Aquarium plaza and Ocean Pavilion

A respected authority on Puget Sound and Salish Sea, the Aquarium serves as the largest platform for ocean conservation and engagement in the Pacific Northwest. Through expanded partnerships and community programming we are fostering an emerging ocean ethic, telling the one world, one ocean story, increasing awareness and taking action to help preserve and protect our marine environment. Nearly ten years ago we started our journey to build the Ocean Pavilion. Over the last decade, we have sought and incorporated feedback from the public, local tribes, the city, county and the state of Washington and the Waterfront community – working together as a community to develop an unparalleled platform for ocean conservation that will serve as the magnificent centerpiece for our city’s waterfront.

The Ocean Pavilion will be transformative for the Aquarium, for the waterfront, and for Seattle.

Together we can shape a new ocean story with the power to drive lasting change—in a place where people discover their own meaningful relationships to the ocean and are inspired to take action.

  • Accommodate a 40% increase in expected attendance and visitors, which requires an approximately 48,000 square foot building and pedestrian and Americans with Disabilities Act pathways.
  • Provide a continuous connection with the existing Seattle Aquarium to facilitate movement of visitors, volunteers, and staff, and to support Aquarium programming.
  • Provide opportunities for public open space and enjoyment of the shoreline.
  • Create a space that supports the Aquarium’s mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment and provides the public with a global ocean experience.

Together we can shape a new ocean story with the power to drive lasting change—in a place where people discover their own meaningful relationships to the ocean and are inspired to take action.