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Tennessee Aquarium at a Glance

The Chattanooga skyline features six magnificent peaks that top the Tennessee Aquarium's River Journey and Ocean Journey buildings. River Journey is the original Aquarium building and features stunning freshwater creatures and habitats from around the world. Visitors can explore two living forests under glass and get face to face with giant catfish, prehistoric sturgeon and American alligators.

Ocean Journey takes visitors beneath the waves where 10-foot sharks, fierce barracuda and graceful stingrays glide through amazing coral formations. Other galleries showcase cuttlefish, squid, crabs and jellyfish. An indoor rainforest showcases the fluttering jewels of nature - butterflies.

Building Sizes
River Journey
Ocean Journey
130,000 square feet 60,000 square feet
The height of a 12-story building The height of a 10-story building
Holds a total of 400,000 gallons of water Holds a total of 700,000 gallons of water
Building Costs
River Journey
Ocean Journey
$45 million from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations. $30 million - Funded by a $10 million Aquarium bond issue and $20 million raised through combined efforts with the 21st Century Waterfront fundraising campaign.
Architects and Exhibit Designers:
River Journey - Original Building
Ocean Journey - Expansion
Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.,
Cambridge, MA
Peter Chermayeff, Principal in Charge
Peter Chermayeff, Architect of Record
Chermayeff, Sollogub and Poole Inc.,
Boston, MA
Peter Chermayeff, Design Principal
Peter Sollogub, Principal in Charge
Bobby C Poole, Architect of Record
Grand opening
River Journey – May 1, 1992 Ocean Journey – April 29, 2005
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee — The Tennessee Aquarium is located in Ross's Landing Park and Plaza on the banks of the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga.

Owner: Private, non-profit corporation

Operator: Tennessee Aquarium Corporation

President: Charles L. Arant

Attendance: Since opening, the Aquarium has drawn, on average, a million visitors each year.

Exhibit Areas
River Journey —
Appalachian Cove Forest
Tennessee River Gallery
Discovery Hall
Mississippi Delta
Rivers of the World
Seahorses (special exhibition gallery)
Ocean Journey –
Tropical Cove (Forest Pool, Macaw Glade)
Shark Island
Butterfly Garden
Secret Reef
Boneless Beauties (special exhibition gallery)
Undersea Cavern
Approximately 12,000 living specimens, including fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and crustaceans.

Educational Facilities: Hands-on and interactive exhibits, 200-seat auditorium, fully equipped classroom, wet lab, two computer labs and an outreach van.

Other properties: Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D® Theater and Environmental Learning Lab

Construction: Turner Universal, Nashville, Tenn.

River Journey
John L. Altieri Consulting, Norwalk, Conn.
Weidlinger Associates, New York
Ocean Journey
March Adams and Associates, Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn.
Exhibit Designers/Fabricators
River Journey
Lyons/Zaremba, Inc., Boston, Mass.
The Larson Company, Tucson, Ariz.
Ocean Journey
Adirondack Scenic, New York
Economic impact:
  • The Tennessee Aquarium is credited with igniting the “Renaissance on the River,” and the revitalization of downtown Chattanooga. No single project has played a greater role in revitalizing downtown.
  • Since opening, the Aquarium has anchored an economic revitalization of the Ross’s Landing riverfront district, with an estimated economic impact of $1.5 billion, according to the Chamber of Commerce.
  • More than 100 stores and restaurants have opened within a few blocks of the Aquarium and ripples of new development continue to spread throughout the district, according to the Chattanooga Downtown Partnership.
  • In the 200-acre Ross’s Landing area, appraised property values have increased 124 percent.
  • Tourists today spend 50 percent more than they did in 1991, and the industry employs 25 percent more people than a decade ago.
  • Downtown employment rose 38 percent from 1992 to 2002 – (58 percent of that increase took place between 1997 and 2002.)
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