Coronavirus Update

The Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

The Tennessee Aquarium closed to the public temporarily on March 13, 2020 when the first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed in Chattanooga. As a nonprofit organization, this was a difficult decision. But, we chose to take this action voluntarily – prior to any state or local shelter in place orders – to slow the spread of this disease in our community and to safeguard our guests, staff and volunteers.

In an effort to determine when we will be able to reopen, we will continue to:

  • follow the science-based guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all state and local health officials
  • abide by all state and local health guidelines
  • closely monitor the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in our region

We will reopen as soon as we can. However, at the present time it appears unlikely that we will be able to reopen during the month of May.

Status updates for the Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater will be available on our website and social media channels: Facebook and Twitter.

We’d like to thank everyone for their support of the Tennessee Aquarium throughout this public health emergency.

Stay connected with our animals and experts online until we’re able to safely welcome you back in person.

Join a Wave of Support

otters huggingAs a nonprofit organization, this temporary closure period will be especially challenging. Anyone wishing to support the Aquarium’s emergency operations fund can contribute online

Aquarium at Home

turtle themed activity sheet

To stay connected with Aquarium fans, and to continue providing educational resources for students and educators while schools remain closed, we have created a landing page featuring some activities you can do at home. This page will be updated throughout the time the Aquarium is closed. Visit our Aquarium at Home page.

Ticket Questions

We thank you for your patience as we navigate this closure. General Admission Aquarium and IMAX tickets are flex tickets that are good one year from the date of purchase.  This includes both online tickets and tickets purchased at the Ticketing Center.  This gives you flexibility with your visit, and we encourage you to regularly check this page for updates on when we can reopen.  

Aquarium events during this timeframe have been cancelled or postponed.  If you are a ticket holder for an Aquarium Member Event, please check your email for details on rescheduling/refund options. 

If you have specific questions regarding any of these policies or your ticket purchase, please email We will respond to you as quickly as we are able, but please be patient due to the volume of emails we are receiving at this time.