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 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 establishing 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 the public and local communities about beach
safety, tides, different coastal habitats, and the animals who live there.