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Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara Falls

(2.3/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
A BRIEF HISTORY

The Aquarium of Niagara Falls opened as a privately owned corporation on June 12, 1965. Founded by a small group of chemists and scientists to introduce an artificial seawater, the Aquarium of Niagara Falls quickly became a model for the operation of inland aquaria. Technology was applied for the first time on a large scale in the preparation, handling and management of synthetic seawater.

Perhaps as important, the Aquarium was established as an institution for education and recreation. Constructed in an area with both high visitation and historical dependency on the natural resources of the Great Lakes, the Aquarium served students, scientists and visitors from throughout the region. Community support was strong; the innovative inland aquarium won acceptance and forged a bond with the region’s population that continues today.

In September 1977, the principal owner of the Aquarium of Niagara Falls, Mr. Kelvin Smith of Cleveland, Ohio established Sea Research Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to education and research. At this time, the Aquarium of Niagara became part of Sea Research Foundation. In May 1979, Mystic Marinelife Aquarium was also incorporated. Both Aquariums operated independently with the Foundation.

In 1994 Sea Research Foundation, Inc. agreed to transfer the Aquarium Of Niagara Falls to a new, local Foundation. To this end, the Niagara Aquarium Foundation was established and incorporated by charter from the Board of Regents of the State University of New York, on February 18, 1994.

The Niagara Aquarium Foundation, Aquarium of Niagara, is committed to carrying on the institution’s tradition of education, research, and wildlife conservation. The primary purpose of the Aquarium of Niagara is to create a greater awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the aquatic world.

The pioneering spirit of Mr. Smith and his partners and their dedication to increasing the understanding of aquatic life has been a guiding force of the Aquarium’s present operation. The statement of purpose reflects not only their concern for educational and scientific advancement, but their vision that the Aquarium of Niagara maintain the standards of excellence established in its earlier days.
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TripAdvisor
  • Unfortunately, this aquarium is very tiny and lacking many exhibits. The sea lion show was entertaining but that's the only thing worth seeing and lasts under a half hour. The penguins are housed in a...  more »
  • Cute little Aquarium. Not a big place but still interesting. Staff were helpful and gift shop was cute. Love the animals and they seem to be fairly well cared , premises were clean. Inexpensive and wo...  more »
  • As other stated this Aquarium is quite small and currently under renovation. Once the new penguin exhibit goes in expect better experience. Wife wanted to see the octopus, who was not on display due t...  more »
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  • Nice place to take the family and kids. They've done some improvements over the last few years. It's a small aquarium so you can get thru it in about an hour. Penguin feedings, sea lion shows and more. Gift shop too.
  • I just wanted to say what wonderful costumer service the Aquarium staff and managers have! I live about 6 hrs away from Niagara Falls, and didn't realize I left my debit card at their photo booth, until I had arrived back home. Thankfully, a kind and honest person found it and brought it to the desk. They then mailed it back to me. Thanks to everyone involved with that! You are wonderful!
  • The only thing worth seeing is the sea lion show. I'll admit that it was amazing and very exciting. Other than that, this aquarium has nothing going for it. There are barely any fish to see, and the fish that they do have are boring. Definitely not worth $13. And in top of that, the gift shop is VERY expensive.
  • This entrance to the building was very awkward and difficult to get in line. The aquarium was smaller than I expected. The seal show was engaging but very rigid performance. I was surprised that the upper level of the seal exhibit had open railings, I would be uncomfortable holding a wiggling toddler up there. I know that low lighting is need to view the tanks l but the floor lighting could be improved for safety reasons especially for people with limited visibility. I didn't not feel it was worth the money and wish we chose to visit a different place when in Niagara falls.
  • Great family place to see not very big but its still fun to come.