Aquarium of Niagara Announces First-Ever Expansion

The Aquarium of Niagara is expanding and adding a second building to its campus. Through a partnership with New York State Parks, the former Niagara Gorge Discovery Center will transform into Great Lakes 360 – a living museum celebrating the Great Lakes ecosystem.


The $5 million Great Lakes 360 project will be a living museum that highlights the notable wildlife of the Niagara River and the larger Great Lakes ecosystem while celebrating the area’s unique geological history. The project’s focus on accessible exhibit design will transform the building into a one-stop destination where visitors of all ages and abilities can experience the ecological story of the region all year round. The completed project will increase the number of living exhibits at the Aquarium by 40 percent.


This partnership between New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Aquarium of Niagara expands the Aquarium’s geographic footprint and opens the opportunity for the Aquarium to develop a campus-like presence in downtown Niagara Falls. The opening of a new indoor, year-round attraction in this location also creates critical mass in a developing area of the Niagara Falls State Park.


Aquarium of Niagara President and CEO Gary Siddall said, “Our vision for the space includes a truly inclusive experience with opportunities for both indoor and outdoor adventures that are accessible to all visitors.  Through living habitats and educational programming, guests will experience authentic interactions with animals that inspire them to make a difference for aquatic life. This partnership truly builds upon the Aquarium's strategic goals to enhance the guest experience, situate the Aquarium as a regional asset, and grow our role in aquatic conservation.”


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