Aquarium Unveils New Pacific Visions Expansion in Gala Premiere Event Featuring the Long Beach Opera

Long Beach, CA—The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, hosted the Pacific Visions Premiere on Saturday, May 18, 2019. During the red-carpet-event, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s President and CEO Dr. Jerry Schubel was presented with an award recognizing his lifetime of achievements and his leadership in making the new Pacific Visions wing a reality. Attendees of the Aquarium’s black-tie event enjoyed elegant cocktails and hors d’oeuvres set alongside the new wing, and dinner was served in the Great Hall of the Pacific under the iconic blue whale. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia was among the speakers during the dinner program.


Guests were invited into the Honda Pacific Visions Theater for a live performance of Oceana by the Long Beach Opera Orchestra and Long Beach Vocal Ensemble, featuring aerialists from the Nanette Brodie Dance Theater. The performance was under the direction of Andreas Mitisek, artistic director of the Long Beach Opera, and produced by Dennis Poulsen to showcase the theater’s capabilities as a performing arts venue. Guests also screened Designing Our Future, the film created for Pacific Visions in collaboration with Cortina Productions and Pacific Visions’ science advisory panel. It features actor Isabella Gomez, who was among the Premiere attendees, as the on-screen narrator and plays daily as part of the Pacific Visions experience. At the end of the night, dessert and coffee were served in the newly named Schubel Family Culmination Gallery with an after-party under the stars.


Pacific Visions opens to the public on Friday, May 24, 2019 and is the Aquarium’s first major expansion in its two-decade history. Designed by the San Francisco-based architecture and design firm EHDD, Pacific Visions is a 29,000-square-foot, two-story, sustainable structure. This new building houses a state-of-the-art immersive theater, an art gallery, and a culmination gallery with interactives, game tables, and live animal exhibits. Through Pacific Visions, visitors can explore the most pressing environmental issues of our time and alternative pathways to designing a more sustainable future.


The Aquarium gives special thanks to the Premiere’s premier sponsors: Kathleen M. Eckert, Don Temple Family Charitable Foundation, Esther S.M. Chui Chao, Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg, Bank of America, The Boeing Company, Clark Construction/EHDD, Cortina Productions, Johnny Carson Foundation, Long Beach Water Department, Long Beach Energy Resources, Long Beach Development Services, Port of Long Beach, Jerry and Margaret Schubel, Sidley Austin LLP, Daniel and Rebecca Siskin, and TG Construction.


About Aquarium of the Pacific

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and where important challenges facing our planet are explored by scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders in search of sustainable solutions. The Aquarium is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature's services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Home to more than 11,000 animals, Aquarium exhibits include the Ocean Science Center, Molina Animal Care Center, and the Tentacles and Ink and FROGS: Dazzling & Disappearing exhibits. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages, from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Field trips for schoolchildren are offered at a heavily discounted rate from $7 to $8.50 per student. The Aquarium offers memberships with unlimited FREE admission for 12 months, VIP Entrance, and and other special benefits.

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