Improve Three Indoor Galleries

Guests will cross a bridge to enter the first gallery - where man meets marine. Space will be redefined for temporary exhibits, and the first gallery’s permanent exhibits will begin the narrative which guides guests from Oregon’s sandy beaches to ocean depths. Exhibits, including a pier piling and the sea life that clings to it, will be refurbished with updated components, lighting and signage that better tells the human interaction story. We will expand the second gallery to accommodate a larger, more accessible touch pool, along with updated exhibits and science station.


The third gallery will saw the greatest transformation, themed on the Indo Pacific Coral Reef, featuring marine species from tropical regions of the Pacific Ocean. This feature was completed Summer 2020. Interpretation includes conservation issues such as the impact of climate change, plastic pollution and the warming, rising ocean. 

13 Jelly Gallery

The mesmerizing dance of sea jellies has long been a favorite among our visitors. The translucent creatures float peacefully to their own rhythm, soothing viewers of all ages. A former corridor will be converted into a gallery of kreisels illuminating sea nettles and graceful jellies.

James & Shirley Rippey Foundation, Al Gleason, Clark Foundation, John & Nancy Dennis Estate, Travel Oregon, David & Julie Shafer, Marta & Ken Thrasher, and hundreds of volunteers and individual donors funded the new Indo-Pacific Coral Reef and Touch Pool exhibits. 

Consider making a donation of any amount to improve the three indoor galleries.


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.