SEASIDE — The Seaside Aquarium, the oldest privately owned aquarium on the West Coast, is marking its 80th anniversary.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, aquarium admissions will be rolled back to the original 1937 prices: Adults pay 15 cents, children 10 cents, and seal food will cost $2 per tray. The currency will also be a 1930s throwback: The aquarium is taking cash only for the day.
All proceeds from that day’s admissions and seal food will be donated to the Friends of Haystack Rock and the Wildlife Center of the North Coast. Both organizations will have representatives and displays set up inside the aquarium.
“To celebrate our anniversary, Seaside Aquarium would like to give back to those who have supported us thought the years,” aquarium staff wrote in an email.
The aquarium’s daily operations rely completely on admissions and gift shop sales.
When it was founded, the organization’s primary goal was entertainment. “The dark interior was meant to create the feeling of swimming through an ocean cave at a time when respiration-aided diving was virtually unknown,” aquarium staff wrote.
In the last several years, the aquarium’s focus has shifted to include education and community involvement.
For more information, contact Tiffany Boothe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-738-6211.