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Destination: Wonder

Roller coasters, fireworks, hot dogs. Eleven million people visit Coney Island each year to enjoy its local treasures. But just off the boardwalk, there are other, less familiar ones. Sea turtles, sharks, and harbor seals. Deep-sea canyons and soaring seamounts. As the New York Aquarium begins a new chapter in its history, we are bringing New Yorkers closer to the ocean wonders in their own backyard.

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Construction on the aquarium has begun. We've broken ground on a brand new, 57,000-square-foot building that will house over 100 species of amazing marine life.

Construction on Ocean Wonders: Sharks!

As key exhibits and main components take shape, the transformation of the New York Aquarium is nothing short of dramatic.

Sandbar Shark

Sandbar sharks like this one are already making their home in holding pools, where they will be on exhibit until the grand opening of Ocean Wonders: Sharks! in 2018.

Engaging new audiences

As we transform, our capacity to engage new audiences of all ages grows. Visitors and students created drawings to help the New York Aquarium secure the Deep Sea Coral Amendment, protecting 38,000 square miles of ocean habitat.

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Building the Next Chapter

Thanks to our generous supporters, our dramatic transformation is well underway. The centerpiece, a dazzling new building called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! will soon become a reality. This new 57,000-square-foot building already has reached its highest point of construction, where visitors will find the best view in all of Coney Island.

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Discover Our Waters

Few New Yorkers are aware that the waters surrounding this city make up one of the world’s most diverse and vibrant marine environments. The New York Aquarium’s Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit will introduce the city to some of its most remarkable residents, inspiring visitors to join us in protecting the local waters that are so crucial to wildlife and humans alike.

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Shimmer Wall

Shimmer Wall

Coral Reef Tunnel

Coral Reef Tunnel

Learning Laboratory

Learning Laboratory

Ecology Walk

Ecology Walk

Discover New York Waters

Discover New York Waters

Canyon's Edge

Canyon's Edge

New York Streetscape

New York Streetscape

Wrapping the entire exterior of Ocean Wonders: Sharks! will be the shimmer wall, a mesmerizing work of art. Its 30,000 individual tiles use wind and reflective sunlight to create a fluid, glittering surface reminiscent ocean waves and schools of fish.

The shimmer wall will be the centerpiece of our new home, a beacon to the millions of visitors inspired by our ocean treasures and dazzling shoreline. We invite you to be part of the transformation.