Greensboro Science Center Aquarium Expansion Opens


Photo courtesy of Greensboro Science Center

The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) will host a ribbon cutting ceremony today at 10 a.m. for its 5,000-square-foot aquarium expansion, which opens to the public at noon.

During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Greensboro Science Center CEO Glenn Dobrogosz will formally rename the entire aquarium the Wiseman Aquarium in honor of the Wiseman family, who donated $1 million to initiate the aquarium expansion project.

Biological diversity is a key feature of the aquarium expansion with exhibits that focus on life in such habitats as a kelp forest, mangrove swamp and Pacific reef. Additionally, colorful and strange creatures such as garden eels, seahorses, lionfish and sea anemones will be highlighted throughout the exhibits.

Ed Parsons, the GSC's Curator of Fishes, says, "Our many discussions with the Wisemans led to the creation of what we hope will be an engaging experience which showcases the beauty, mystery and fragility of the world's aquatic habitats."

Thanks to the Wisemans, Duke Energy Foundation, International Textile Group, Unifi, the Makers of Repreve, the Arthur and Emilie Samet Family, Martin Marietta Materials, and other important GSC friends and supporters, this expansion is 100 percent privately funded. 

"Opening a high quality, AZA-accredited aquarium is a monumental success story for any community. Having the support and ability to significantly expand that aquarium just three years after the initial grand opening is unprecedented," said Dobrogosz. "The Wiseman Aquarium will continue to drive new tourism in Central North Carolina as well as catalyze continued excitement and innovation in the development of our evolving 3 in 1 destination right here in Greensboro."

Admission to the aquarium expansion will be included with general admission. General admission is $13.50 for adults ages 14-64, $12.50 for children ages 3-13, and $12.50 for seniors ages 65+. Children 2 and under and Greensboro Science Center members are free.

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