The Need

Since 1992, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has been one of the jewels on the Pacific Highway. Evolving from a small, rural aquarium to frequently rated in the top ten aquariums in the U.S., the Aquarium continues to draw visitors to the central coast from around the world.

Our Campaign Goal

Our campaign goal to complete these projects is $18.2 Million – all for the purpose of creating unique and engaging experiences that connect you to the Oregon coast and inspire ocean conservation. We have raised $11.1 Million toward this goal. This includes a $5 Million state-funded appropriation for capital improvement projects that will be available in spring 2021.



Masterplan concepts and cost estimates are complete, and implementation is scheduled to begin in phases as funds are raised. Consider making a gift of any size to help us reach these milestones:


Phase I – Entry and Children's Nature Play Projects

Construction for Phase I is currently underway! While the new admission annex was completed spring of 2021, the café and great hall are in the process of being remodeled, and our new nature play and headwaters feature are being built. Estimated completion by spring 2022.

Phase II – Three Indoor Galleries

The previous kelp forest exhibit was transformed into our Indo Pacific Coral Reef tropical exhibit in summer 2020. As funding is secured, gallery remodeling will continue fall 2022 and bring renovations or additions to our indoor galleries.


Phase III – Marine Rehabilitation Center

Architectural drawings will be completed as funds are secured, with construction targeted to begin in 2023.

Phase I-III – Enhance Education Programs

Strategic planning and guest surveys were conducted in 2019, which will inform a campus-wide interpretive masterplan to update all exhibit signage and interactives as projects are completed.


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.