About the Seaside Aquarium
When the aquarium was founded in 1937, the goal was mostly to entertain
the public. The dark interior was meant to create the feeling of
swimming through an ocean cave at a time when respiration-aided
diving was virtually unknown.
In the past several years, the focus has shifted to include education and
community involvement as well as entertainment. We have reached
beyond the walls of the actual building to participate in local events and
projects geared toward a better understanding and appreciation of the
North Coast marine environment.
In 1995, we became leaders in the regional Marine Mammal Stranding
Network. In the next few years we added an Interpretive Center and
helped start Seaside’s Watershed Estuary Beach Discovery Program. We
have partnered with local businesses, non-profit organizations, and
the City of Seaside to inform both visitors and local communities about
beach safety, tides, different coastal habitats, and the animals who live