Our Ocean, Our Coast, Your Aquarium




Our Mission & Our Future

Our mission is to create unique and engaging experiences that connect you to the Oregon coast and inspire ocean conservation.

We are . . .

  • Ranked among the “Top 10” aquariums in the nation
  • A STEM hub for world-class onsite, online, and outreach ocean education
  • A trusted resource for conservation and marine animal care

For the Aquarium to progress and continue our mission for generations to come, we have embarked on a campaign to remodel facilities, enhance the visitor experience, and build a new facility to meet the growing need for marine wildlife rehabilitation.

We invite you to join us in making the Aquarium the top resource for ocean literacy and imparting values about Oregon’s natural wonders.

Our Progress

Phase 1
Remodel of Entry, Café, Play Area, Headwaters, & Amphitheater

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is thrilled to announce that its new Nature Play Area, Outdoor Amphitheater, renovated café and headwaters feature are now open to the public!

Phase 2
Remodel of Three Indoor Galleries

Phase 2 of our Capital Campaign has begun! This phase focuses on the improvement of our indoor galleries. Includes the finished Indo-Pacific Coral Reef tank and outdoor pond renovation.

Learn more about all that is to come!

Phase 3
Construction of Marine Wildlife Rehabilitation Center

Phase 3 of our Capital Campaign will begin in 2024. This phase focuses on the construction of a dedicated space for marine wildlife rehabilitation and treatment, as well as a resource for students in related fields.

Learn more about all that is to come!

Since opening in 1992, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has immersed over 15 million visitors in the mysteries of the Pacific Ocean. To refresh the guest experience and to inspire future generations of ocean stewards, we have prioritized capital and program improvements. To learn more, watch the video below:

Ways To Give

When you give to our campaign, you play a crucial role in our future. Multi-year pledges and monthly contributions have the added value of leveraging giving from foundations and businesses that promise to match donor gifts. Donors can give to the area of their choosing or where the gift is needed the most. Anyway you choose, you will become a partner in educating and inspiring people of all ages about the natural wonders of the marine world.

Recent News

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2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd
Newport, OR 97365


The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Newport, on the beautiful Oregon Coast. The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.