Pacific Visions at The Aquarium of the Pacific Opening May 24, 2019
Pacific Visions at The Aquarium of the Pacific Will Officially Open to the Public May 24, 2019
Pacific Visions,The Aquarium of the Pacific first major expansion since its founding in 1998, will open to the public on May 24, 2019 with inaugural exhibitions and programming. The 29,000-square-foot, two-story, sustainable structure designed by the San Francisco-based architecture and design firm EHDD, will be home to a state-of-the-art immersive theater, exhibition space, an art gallery, and several new live animal exhibits. At a cost of $53 Million Dollars this project that broke ground in February of 2017 will officially open to the public on May 24, 2019. This investment is one focused on the preservation of our oceans and the life within it, offering visitors innovative ways to explore their impact on planet Earth, the ocean and how to reduce it.
Art Gallery and Orientation Area
Art gallery: 2,800 square feet, repurposed from the existing building.
Orientation area: 2,800 square feet with a sloping floor that optimizes views toward the central 12-foot-high video display wall and leads visitors toward the theater.
Honda Pacific Visions Theater
A two-story, dynamic digital theater will surround visitors in a virtual ocean environment. The state-of-the-art theater houses a 130-foot-wide by 32-foot-tall screen that curves in a 180-degree arc. The theater also features a 30-foot-diameter floor projection disc, which will further immerse visitors in a virtual ocean environment in a space designed to host media-rich performances, panel discussions, community meetings, and educational seminars. The Honda Pacific Visions Theater content is being developed by the Aquarium and Cortina Productions in partnership with leading scientists, filmmakers, storytellers, and digital artists. The inaugural film will bring the ocean planet to life with stunning high-resolution imagery, and a variety of special effects.
•Over 300 seats
•32-foot-tall, 180° arc, 130-foot-long digital projection wall
•30-foot-diameter floor projection disc
•Mist, wind, scent, and seat rumblers will be employed for seated visitors in the theater
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Visitors will enter Pacific Visions through a 2,800-square-foot art gallery. The inaugural art installation designed by Germany-based design company Convivial Studio immerses the visitor in sea life through a multi-channel video installation, spatial soundscapes, and sculptural relief walls enhanced with lighting. This space will house temporary live animal exhibits and programmatic digital content. The gallery will also include large-scale relief walls made of silicon and polymer materials that imitate the different textures found on coral reefs, overlain with video projections. Through touch combined with an oceanic soundscape recorded by Tim Gordon and Dr. Stephen Simpson in the Coral Triangle Region, visitors are virtually immersed in a variety of underwater environments.
The new wing, a 29,000-square-foot, two-story structure, will be open daily and included in the price of a general admission ticket. In addition, it will serve as a new space for lectures and presentations, live performances, and film screenings.
Open 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Every Day of the Year, Except Christmas Day (Dec. 25).
Lorikeet Forest Hours Hours are 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily.
Moon Jelly Touch Lab Hours Hours are 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily.
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
General Admission Adults 12 and up: $29.95 Children 3-11: $17.95 Seniors 62 and older: $26.95
The parking structure for the Aquarium is on the water side of Shoreline Drive between Chestnut Place and Aquarium Way