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The new Mississippi Aquarium in Downtown Gulfport

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 18, 2017 09:00 AM
Details about the planned public aquarium were announced over the weekend. Instead of one large building, the relatively modest but beautiful aquarium is designed as an open campus spanning four main buildings with outdoor exhibits in between.
The new Mississippi Aquarium in Downtown Gulfport

An open campus-style layout is designed to take advantage of Gulfport's mild climate.

Beyond the unconventional layout, the Mississippi Aquarium will feature many elements aquarium-goers expect from modern public aquariums including a walk-through shark tank, touch pools, and an aviary (birds and fish always seem to go together these days).  Being in the South, there will also be freshwater gator and river exhibits.

The new Mississippi Aquarium will replace the previous Marine Life Aquarium, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.  It will seek AZA accreditation when it opens.  The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University are signed as aquarium partners.

The $65-80mil, 4.5-acre project is scheduled for completion in early 2019.

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Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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