National Aquarium Closing: DC Branch Will Close on Sept. 30

May 10, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

National Aquarium closing: The aquarium, in Washington, D.C., will close on Sept. 30. 2013. The aquarium will vacate its current space by March 2014.

Renovations at the Department of Commerce building that the aquarium uses make the move necessary.

The aquarium will move more than 1,500 animals to new homes, or to the National Aquarium branch in Baltimore, Maryland.

The aquarium will board will explore opportunities and funding options that could enable the aquarium to stay in D.C.

“Here at the National Aquarium, we value our DC venue’s rich history as the nation’s first public aquarium, and we are committed to maintaining a presence in the capital, where a public aquarium has existed since the late 1800s,” said Tamika Langley Tremaglio, board chair of the National Aquarium branch in Washington, DC.

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