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Check Out PBS Video Watch local and national programs from anywhere at anytime. 2005 extension, the blue building with the glass pyramid top is the main building of poured concrete construction from 1981, and behind it, across a pedestrian bridge to the east is the Pier 4 marine mammal pavilion. The National Aquarium houses several exhibits including the Upland Tropical Rain Forest, a multiple-story Atlantic Coral Reef, an open ocean shark tank, and Australia: Wild Extremes, which won the „Best Exhibit“ award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2008. The aquarium also has a 4D Immersion Theater. Relationship with the National Aquarium, Washington, D. In 2012, the National Aquarium was named one of the best aquariums in the United States by the Travel Channel and also received the popular vote as one of the top five best aquariums to visit by 10best.
Commissioner of the city Department of Housing and Community Development, Robert C. Although no federal funds were used for its construction, the United States Congress later designated the facility as the „national aquarium“ in 1979. The National Aquarium, Baltimore’s initial conceptual design, architecture and exhibit design was led by Peter Chermayeff of Peter Chermayeff LLC while he was at Cambridge Seven Associates. The conceptual, architectural, and exhibit design for the Glass Pavilion expansion was led by Bobby C. After two decades, construction began on the Glass Pavilion north extension on September 5, 2002, and it opened to the public on December 16, 2005.
The National Aquarium was selected as the National Wildlife Federation’s Maryland affiliate in 2011. Baltimore Business Journal and Smart CEO Magazine for exceptional green business practices in 2009. This building contains five levels or floors that are accessible via escalator and elevator except to guests with strollers. Guests with toddlers must carry them on their person. Each floor possesses several exhibits that communicate a main theme.
This building also houses two large tanks, one of which simulates an Atlantic coral reef, and one of which simulates the open ocean. This level features animals that are native to Maryland. This level features fish that possess adaptations that are needed to survive in their various environments. For example, the electric eel has the rare ability to shock its prey with electricity. This level simulates the Amazon rainforest, and includes two elevated platforms for bird-watching and a cave of various glass-enclosed displays of reptiles, amphibians, and terrestrial arthropods. The Marine Mammal Pavilion at the National Aquarium.
This exhibit houses the aquarium’s seven Bottlenose dolphins. Guests can watch training, feeding, and play times with the dolphins and interact with dolphin experts. Chesapeake was the first dolphin born at the aquarium in 1992. These will be the last dolphins housed at the aquarium. In June 2016, the National Aquarium announced plans to construct a sanctuary for its colony of seven bottlenose dolphins. 50 to 100 times the size of the current dolphin exhibit.
The dolphins will reportedly be moved to this new sanctuary in fall 2020. In 2016, Architect Jeanne Gang made a proposal to the national aquarium to transform Pier 4 into a Chesapeake bay themed exhibit to replace the Jellyfish and Dolphin Exhibits. Even though details are sparse about this potential initiative, The new exhibits would include Waterfall, Watershed, Lily pond, Saltmarsh, Freshwater Tidal, River and an Open bay exhibit. Like the Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit, this exhibit is structured like a large walk-in aviary, and allows many of the flying animals to roam freely throughout the exhibit. The exhibit represents a river gorge in Australia, and contains many pools in which Australian aquatic life can be found.