Experience the Newly Renovated Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans


Aquatic enthusiasts have patiently awaited the reopening of the illustrious Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The aquarium has been under renovation since Nov. 28, 2022, and after much anticipation, it finally reopens June 8, 2023.

History of the Audubon Aquarium

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas opened on Sept. 1, 1990, along the Mississippi River near the edge of the French Quarter. In 2005, a disaster struck in the form of Hurricane Katrina. While the aquarium experience only minor damage, the lack of electricity within the aquarium caused devastation, and most aquatic life perished.

As expected, the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas closed but reopened nine months later on May 26, 2006. Today, according to its website, the aquarium has over 3,600 animals and 250 species.

“Through our reimagining, visitors will experience many of their favorite aquarium exhibits in an entirely new way,” said Rich Toth, senior vice president and director of Audubon’s downtown facilities. “Not only are there new animals in our care, but educational opportunities to showcase the important connections between humans, animals, and the environment. It is especially exciting to open the doors for our newly renovated aquarium on World Ocean Day, the day set aside to celebrate the world’s oceans and what we can do to protect them.”

Gulf of Mexico Exhibit

The Gulf of Mexico Exhibit has a nearly half-million-gallon tank providing clear views of fully grown Gulf Of Mexico sea life, which is just one feature that makes the aquarium exceptional. It is unforgettable and the highlight of many people’s visits to the aquarium.

Caribbean Reef Tunnel

The Caribbean Reef Tunnel, located in the aquarium’s heart, is a 30-foot-long tunnel that introduces visitors who walk through it to Caribbean sea life. Walking underneath this environment, teeming with life from all directions, is truly a memorable experience.

Renovation Additions

The exciting renovations of the aquarium have fans wondering what’s happening behind closed doors. To shed some light on the subject, a new “downriver entrance” will be added, which leads to a bird-safe glass curtain wall that spans multiple stories. There will also be an impressive staircase and a 2,500-square-foot lobby. All galleries, including the Amazon, Mississippi River, and Gulf of Mexico exhibits, will have an updated look.

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