Atlantic City Aquarium Set to Reopen After Four-Year Closure

Close-Up Of Yellow Fish Swimming In Aquarium

The Atlantic City Aquarium, closed for four years due to the pandemic, is set to reopen on Monday, July 1, 2024. The announcement was made by Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sr. during his State of the City address. The aquarium, which was home to over 100 varieties of marine life, underwent extensive renovations during its closure.

The renovations, funded in part by the American Rescue Plan, included new roofing, windows, lighting, flooring, a new deck and ceiling for the top-level lookout, bathroom renovations, and updates to its electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems. The aquarium also received a fresh paint job.

While the aquarium was closed, fish and marine animals continued to live inside the building, cared for by outside contractors. The aquarium, part of Gardner’s Basin, is owned by the city and managed by the Department of Public Works, while Gardner’s Basin Management handles the exhibits.