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

We will begin site preparation in fall 2019 and build the Admissions annex and Nature Play area in spring 2020. The café and grand hall will be remodeled and the nature play components installed later in 2020.

Phase II – Three Indoor Galleries

The current kelp forest exhibit will be transformed into an Indo Pacific Coral Reef tropical exhibit in fall 2019 to open in the 2020 summer season. As funding is secured, gallery remodeling will continue and a new temporary exhibit will be installed outdoors in 2021.


Phase III – Marine Rehabilitation Center

Architectural drawings will be completed as funds are secured, with construction targeted to begin in 2022.

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.