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Turning the World on Its Head: The Vancouver Aquarium Expansion is Complete

The Vancouver Aquarium unveiled its first phase of expansion at an official ceremony on Friday. The $45 million project is the most significant addition to the Aquarium since its doors opened, 58 years ago.

The new, 55,000-square-foot addition includes a new entrance gallery and courtyard, with a 360-degree digital screen and a massive four metre plus diameter globe. The globe is turned on its head to bring more significance to the Polar Regions and Canada. The flipped view is especially visible for the wee ones.

Other new exhibits include a school of cichlids from Lake Malawi in Africa, a Red Sea coral reef and a Jamaican fruit bat exhibit (keep those necklines covered).

The Aquarium has also focused their attention on local habitats, such as the Gulf Islands. The Pacific coast exhibit now features a school of coho salmon.

Additional plans promise expansion of the beluga and dolphin tanks.

John Nightingale, the Aquarium’s CEO, is especially proud of the new project. He hopes that the new educational opportunities will out shine the negative press that the aquarium is receiving over captivity issues. “Our aim is to reach and inspire more visitors to engage with issues affecting our aquatic and ocean environments and to take personal action that will help save our ecosystems and the wildlife that depend on them,” says Nightingale.

Free Entry to Science World!

When is the last time you took the kids to Science World? We know, the tickets are CRAZY expensive. BUT NOT THIS WEEKEND!

Science World is having a free entrance weekend on September 28th and 29th. Genome BC and BC Hydro are sponsoring the two-day event. It will kick start a month of fun activities being hosted by Science World in their “Around the Dome in 30 Days” festival.

The festival will include the opening of a new exhibit: “Amped.” Amped is a musical exhibition that looks at technology’s role in the creation of rhythm. Much like the Seattle “Experience Music Project,” Amped promises to allow for hands-on exploration of sound.

Lovers of the False Creek seawall have probably noticed that the construction has finally finished on the exterior of the Telus World of Science (somehow this is different than Science World – we’re still not sure how…).  The 35 million dollar renovation project brings a number of larger installations outside, creating a playground of science based learning installations. The Around the Dome will include a celebration of this exterior park.

For the adult visitors, the festival has a two-night murder mystery exhibit. The first night has already sold out. Book your tickets now for Saturday, October 19th.

For a quick look around at what’s new, come down for free this weekend. Make a whole day out of it and stop by Simmons Mattress Gallery at Broadway and Oak. You won’t believe the mattresses our sleep scientists have created.

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