WCS’s New York Aquarium in Coney Island
Set to Reopen for General Public Thursday, Aug. 27
Members Only Days Will Be Aug. 24-26
A New Exhibit – Spineless – Will Debut
Reopening with New Safety Guidelines; Limited Capacity; and Online Day/Time Specific Ticketing Only
Masks/Face Coverings Required for Ages 3 and Up
Indoor Exhibits and Spaces at WCS’s Four Zoos – Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo – Also Will Reopen
Coney Island, NY Aug. 17, 2020 – The New York Aquarium will reopen to the public on Thursday, Aug. 27 after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic since March 16. Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) member-only days will be Aug. 24-26.
The aquarium’s decision to reopen follows New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement on Friday that museums and other cultural institutions can open in New York City starting on Aug. 24. Many of the indoor exhibits and spaces at the four WCS zoos will also reopen. Information on the opening of indoor exhibits at the zoos will be reported on the zoos’ websites. All reopening plans will be adjusted as needed based on state guidelines and COVID-19 indicators.
“We are thrilled to once again welcome guests back to the aquarium,” said New York Aquarium Director Jon Forrest Dohlin. “We will debut a new exhibit, Spineless, along with a harbor seal and two sea lion pups. We are pleased to once again welcome guests to Ocean Wonders: Sharks! and all of our exhibits which highlight marine species and stories from New York waters and around the globe.
“As we reopen, I want to offer special thanks to our essential staff who have been working every day since the closure in March to provide world-class care for our animals while keeping park operations running smoothly. They are a credit to our organization and are looking forward to once again receiving visitors at the aquarium.”
The aquarium’s reopening coincides with the public debut of Spineless, a new exhibit highlighting the diversity of marine species such as octopus, squid, jellyfish, and other species that lack backbones.
Highlights of reopening guidelines for the New York Aquarium:
Aquarium hours: from reopening through Monday September 7th, are 10am to 5pm daily (park closes at 6 p.m.). From Sept 8 to Oct 31, admission hours are 10am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 4:30pm Weekends and holidays. For all seasonal hours, click HERE.
Media B-Roll: HERE
Media Photos: HERE
Ticketing Information: HERE
Safety Guidelines/Know Before You Go Video: HERE