Timeline: A look at Aquarium of the Americas _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A giant ray swims toy the delight of spectators at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas which is celebrating 25 years.

Jan. 14, 1988: Aquarium construction begins.

Sept. 1, 1990: Aquarium opens to the public. Total visitors first day: 13,623, breaking records for aquarium opening days around the country.

February 1991: One-millionth visitor arrives at Aquarium

May 1993: “Sharks!” exhibit opens at Aquarium, the largest and most diverse collections of sharks in the country.

October 1995: IMAX Theatre opens.

1996: New permanent Jellyfish exhibit opens.

1999: Permanent Sea Otter Gallery opens. $2.5 million expansion is largest since Aquarium opens.

2000: Permanent Seahorse exhibit opens. Newly refurbished “Moonwalk” reopens on riverfront

Aug. 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina

May 29, 2006: Reopened on Memorial Day weekend

2011: Parakeet Pointe opens.

2013: Geaux Fish! exhibit opens.

2014: Great Maya Reef opens

2015: Aquarium celebrates 25 years