National aquarium

Electric Eel. Photo by George Grall​

The National Aquarium in D.C., which first opened its doors in 1885, is set to close September 30th. As part of the Herbert C. Hoover Building renovation, the 1500 species of animals are being moved to other aquariums. The closure of the aquarium will signal the end of the oldest continuously operating aquarium in the United States. In 1982, the aquarium became part of the National Aquarium Society, ending its federal funding. It was at this time that the aquarium became a non-profit organization funded solely by donations and attendance fees.

Closure Press Release

If you live near Washington D.C. or plan to visit before September 30th, make sure to take the time to visit the National Aquarium before it's gone for good.