Quick Facts

Seattle Aquarium

  • The Seattle Aquarium operates as a nonprofit 501c3, through a long-term operating agreement with the City of Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation.
  • The 9th largest Aquarium in the U.S. by attendance and among the top 5 paid visitor attractions in the Puget Sound region.
  • Opened in 1977. Expanded by 18,000 square feet in 2007 with $42 million of new exhibits, gift and food service as well as exciting meeting and event facilities.
  • The Aquarium's species collection is featured within six major exhibits: Window on Washington Waters, Life on the Edge, Pacific Coral Reef, Puget Sound Fish and Dome Room, Puget Sound Orcas Family Activity Center, and Marine Mammals.
  • 97 full time equivalent staff.
  • 1089 volunteers gave over 91,000 hours of service to the Aquarium. The donated value of this time is nearly $1.95 million dollars.
  • Combined annual operating budget: $12.6 million is generated through tickets, concessions income, memberships, grants and private contributions.
Hosted:
  • 22 million visitors since its opening in 1977.
  • 802,649 visitors in 2011.
  • 420,356 Washington State resident visitors in 2011.
  • Over 1.6 million school children participants in its 34 years; 40,000 in 2011.

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Of Interest

  • Biologists at the Seattle Aquarium conduct critical research on a variety of Puget Sound species including: giant Pacific octopus, sixgill sharks, and northern sea otters, all in an effort to contribute to the health of our local marine environment.
  • The 2012 Sound Conversations series with KING TV's Jeff Renner will feature: Fritz Stahr, Ph.D., UW School of Oceanography, James L. Bodkin, U.S. Geological Survey and Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times Reporter.
  • In partnership with the University of Washington and funded by the National Science Foundation, the Aquarium is one of twelve Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence. Our center builds an ocean learning community of scientists, marine volunteers, educators and interested citizens.
  • Partnering with local divers, the Seattle Aquarium biologists conduct an annual Octopus Census to establish local population trends.
  • Every summer, the Aquarium trains over 150 Beach Naturalist volunteers to visit local beaches during low-tide weekends and engage families in hands-on exploration of their local marine environment while increasing their understanding of how their everyday actions affect Puget Sound.
  • Opened up new opportunities for marine conservation leadership through the creation of a Marine Conservation Network convened by the Aquarium and focused on building stronger awareness and action to protect Puget Sound and the oceans.

Seattle Aquarium

Robert W. Davidson, President & CEO
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 386-4373