Aquarium Celebrates 20th Anniversary


Everyone is invited to join the Aquarium in celebrating its twentieth year with special events, programs, and exhibits throughout the summer. Starting May 25 the Aquarium will highlight its original animals with special exhibit enhancements. Guests can look for the 20th anniversary platinum Bob the Diver statue hidden inside the exhibits to win daily prizes along with other contests, collect photos at selfie stations, and meet its new mascot Gigi the Octopus. Learn the fascinating history of its animals and exhibits and meet some new animals.

A short film highlighting the Aquarium’s conservation work will play daily in the Great Hall, and art exhibits celebrating the Aquarium’s anniversary will be displayed on the second floor. The first art exhibit will feature five original pieces by Brian Kesinger, an Aquarium member, former Disney artist, and the Official Artist of the 20th Anniversary. Later in the year the Aquarium will display winning artwork from a contest celebrating the anniversary. The art contest, presented by JetBlue, will be accepting entries throughout the summer with the top twenty participants winning roundtrip flights on JetBlue. Visit for submission guidelines.

The Aquarium’s costumed characters will also be celebrating with new photo-ready party hats, and the Aquarium will be unveiling a brand new giant Pacific octopus mascot. As part of the celebration, the Aquarium will be unveiling a new cephalopod exhibit called Tentacles and Ink. The first species on display will be a day octopus. The public can follow the Aquarium on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get word of more surprises throughout the summer.

This Day Octopus is a new animal on exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific. The media was given a tour in Long Beach on Thursday, May 24, 2018 of what visitor can expect to see this summer, ranging from original animals to new exhibits as the Aquarium celebrates its 20 year anniversary. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press Telegram/SCNG)  Member_Anniversary_Parties_Invite_PRINT_Page_1_405_259_80auto

Brook the Otter Reclining links to Charter Animals Shelby Pup Nuzzling links to New 20th Anniversary Animals Brian Kesinger Octopus Poster Crop links to Art Exhibits

20140222_AOPcockatoo_4172w.jpg links to Contests kingfisher-RRiggs.jpg links to Conservation Accomplishments Early Aquarium Construction Photo links to Aquarium Historical Timeline



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