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St. Louis to build 1 million gallon aquarium

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 26, 2016 09:00 AM
What does a city do with an obsolete train station? St. Louis has decided to turn its Union Station into a $45 million, AZA-accredited public aquarium.
St. Louis to build 1 million gallon aquarium

Like most public aquariums, the main tank will feature a tunnel and sharks (hopefully not a great white though)

Opening in 1894, St. Louis' historic Union Station shut down in 1978 when Amtrak relocated.  The location was turned into a shopping mall in 1985, which was initially popular but has lost its appeal over the years.  To revitalize the community, St Louis will now undergo a major renovation with an one-million-gallon (total volume) public aquarium at its heart.

The main exhibit of the St. Louis Union Station Aquarium will be a 385,000-gallon shark tank, a proven crowd-pleaser.  And as we have come to expect from modern public aquariums, the main exhibit should feature a walk-through tunnel.  The aquarium will be surrounded by a hotel, boutique food stalls, a themed restaurant, a 200-foot-high observation Ferris wheel, a "Fire & Light Show" over a lake, a new boardwalk.

Construction is set to begin this year (2016) with a planned completion date sometime in 2018.


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.


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