Manhattan Beach Roundhouse Aquarium
Located at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier in a distinctive octagonal Spanish-tiled building, the Roundhouse and its aquarium is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Manhattan Beach
The aquarium was entirely redesigned and modernized in 2018 in an $4 million capital project led by the Harrison Greenberg Foundation, and the city of Manhattan Beach. It is managed and operated by the nonprofit oceanic and environmental organization Oceanographic Teaching Stations, Inc. (OTS), whose mission is to connect and engage visitors and students to the oceans through hands-on interactive experiences with marine life and habitats of southern California, and to inspire them to become good stewards of our environment.
More than 100 marine animals from Southern California’s waters live at the aquarium, and many are native to its local waters in the Santa Monica Bay. Notable wildlife include moon jellies, sharks, octopus, sheephead, moray eels, lobsters, and more – as well as a touch tank with sea stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins and sea snails.
The aquarium also runs on-site marine education programs, off-site programs, virtual programming, summer camp, and volunteer opportunities for youth and adults.
The aquarium, which is open to all, educates and inspires more than 300,000 visitors every year. Admission is free, but a donation of $2 per person or $5 per family is encouraged.
See more at the official Roundhouse Aquarium website.
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