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