New England Aquarium set for $15mil renovations

The definition of walk-around aquarium

The New England Aquarium is home to a 200,000 gallon cylindrical tropical marine aquarium (23 feet deep, 40 feet wide) showcasing Caribbean coral reef life.  The huge aquarium – appropriately dubbed the “Giant Ocean Tank” – features a spiral ramp to give visitors 360 degree views as they ascend/descend.

Aquarium officials will temporarily relocate the 800 inhabitants of the Giant Ocean Tank in preparation for the renovation, which includes replacing the windows, adding an education center at the top, installing media systems to connect divers (with mics and helmet cams) with visitors, and building additional platforms for additional vantage points.

Construction will begin September 2012 with the entire renovation slated for completion in late June 2013.  The New England Aquarium will remain open during their renovation.

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