Aquarium Progress

Construction Update

March 12, 2020

Mississippi Aquarium, the City of Gulfport, and the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission are revising the opening date of the highly anticipated Mississippi Aquarium.  A new opening date will be announced soon.

David Kimmel, President of Mississippi Aquarium said, “We have made incredible progress, and look forward to welcoming our animals to their home, as soon as possible.  While this will take a little longer than expected, the facility must be completely ready for both the animals and the public when we open the gates!  Our team is working diligently to bring all the pieces of this multi-faceted project together perfectly. Each decision made is to ensure we are building safe habitats for our animals and creating experiences that will captivate our guests. It is our obligation to provide our city, Coastal Mississippi and the entire state with an unparalleled aquatic experience – one that remains focused on our three pillars: education, conservation and community.

When open, Mississippi Aquarium’s indoor and outdoor campus will tell the incredible story of our state’s aquatic resources from the Delta to the Coastline and the remarkable connection that ties all the state’s natural resources uniquely together.  Prior to opening, the Aquarium will continue to focus on community events, education outreach and partnering with state and federal agencies to pioneer much-needed dolphin and marine research in the Gulf. Mississippi Aquarium will continue to empower the community to take action for conservation by connecting them to the aquatic world and participate in conservation events, beach cleanups and recycling initiatives.

“As construction enters the final phase, our team will continue to bring the spirit of the Aquarium to the community through outreach programs. We have launched our Education Outreach Program and will soon visit schools and summer camps across Coastal Mississippi with a goal to engage students to actively participate in STEAM-focused curriculum,” said Kurt Allen, Senior Vice President of Mississippi Aquarium.  

We will keep our website updated with the most current construction progress and animal homecomings as we push towards opening.

- Your Mississippi Aquarium Team