The animals at the National Aquarium, Washington, DC, will have to find a new home.
The building will be closing on September 30, 2013 due to renovations in the Department of Commerce building. The aquarium is expected to vacate the location in March of 2014.
The collection of more than 1,500 animals is expected to be transitioned to either National Aquarium, Baltimore, or to other accredited aquariums.
"Here at the National Aquarium, we value our DC venue's rich history as the nation's first public aquarium, and we are committed to maintaining a presence in the capital, where a public aquarium has existed since the late 1800s," said Tamika Langley Tremaglio, National Aquarium, Washington, DC, Board Chair.
A task force of National Aquarium board members is exploring opportunities and funding options that would support this goal. The closure will not impact the operation of National Aquarium, Baltimore, one of the nation's leading aquariums.
Established in 1873, the National Aquarium, Washington, DC, first opened its doors to visitors in 1885 with a collection of 180 species of fish, reptiles and other aquatic animals.