Seattle Aquarium welcomes visitors back starting February 9 following temporary closure

SEATTLE, WA —The Seattle Aquarium will open its doors to visitors on Tuesday, February 9, following a temporary closure to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Visitors will once again be able to visit fan favorites like the Aquarium’s sea otters and giant Pacific octopuses. The Aquarium will be open from 9:30am to 6pm seven days a week.

To keep visitors, employees, volunteers and animals safe, the Aquarium will be open at 15% capacity and will follow state regulations related to indoor spaces for either phase 1 or 2 of the Healthy Washington reopening plan. Visitors will be required to purchase timed ticketed in advance; once they arrive, they’ll find a one-way path and open-air flow, providing ventilation throughout the exhibits. The Aquarium will be utilizing new bipolar ionization air-handling systems and will continue enhanced cleaning protocols. Visitors will be required to wear masks and adhere to physical distancing guidelines throughout the visit.

“The safety of our guests, staff, animals and community is our top priority,” said President and CEO Bob Davidson. “We’ve put all measures in place to ensure safety during COVID-19 as well as a great guest experience at the Aquarium.” 

The Aquarium is also now implementing a plan-ahead pricing system, giving visitors the opportunity to get the best pricing when purchasing tickets in advance. 

If you’re interested in visiting the Aquarium, ticket information can be found at

Learn more about the Seattle Aquarium’s crucial conservation efforts and make a donation to the organization’s Resilience Fund at

About the Seattle Aquarium
Founded in 1977 and located on Pier 59 in the heart of Seattle, Washington, the nonprofit Seattle Aquarium serves as the largest platform for ocean conservation and engagement in the Pacific Northwest. With a mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, it leads educational, conservation and regional research initiatives for a healthier planet. A thriving and vibrant Aquarium is a key part of Seattle. Help secure the Aquarium for years to come by donating to the Resilience Fund at

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