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World Aquarium
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World Aquarium entrance, May 2018
Established 1971 (1971)
Location 810 N 3rd St., St. Louis, Missouri 63102, U.S.
Type Aquarium

The World Aquarium was an interactive animal exhibition, conservation research center, and animal sanctuary located in Laclede's Landing, St. Louis, Missouri, United States. It closed in mid-2019. Some highlights of the child-centered exhibition are being able to feed and touch many animals. The museum allows general admission, school tours and behind-the-scenes tours.

The aquarium houses a variety of animals such as sharks, rays, turtles, parrots, marsh turtles, otter, snakes, alligator, crocodile and sloth. The displays are located on 2 levels, one with large fish in large displays and the other level with filled with smaller displays designed for child-centered experiences.

According to the curator, the mission of World Aquarium is to increase the knowledge of aquatic life and environments, to enable people to conserve the world of water, and to provide leadership for the preservation and sustainable use of aquatic resources globally.

The aquarium depends heavily on its volunteers and donations. Some volunteers have been working for five years or more. The aquarium, which has been open since 1993, reopened in a historic building near the Mississippi Riverfront in 2016, after a short hiatus to allow for a move from its previous location at City Museum.

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