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 see the greatest transformation, themed on the Indo Pacific Coral Reef, featuring marine species from tropical regions of the Pacific Ocean. Interpretation will include conservation issues such as the impact of climate change, plastic pollution and the warming, rising ocean.
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.
Clark Foundation, Swigert Foundation, David & Julie Shafer, Ken & Marta Thrasher, and hundreds of volunteers and individual donors stepped up to match a $350,000 challenge grant posed by Al Gleason to create the Indo Pacific Coral Reef exhibit.
Consider making a donation of any amount to improve the three indoor galleries.