WORLD AQUARIUM ... a children's place

A place devoted to children's interactive experiences.

The World Aquarium has been operating a not for profit educational and research based aquarium for 23 years. This new location provides interest building opportunity for families with young children  to explore the wonders of water amongst 2 floors of exhibits. Many species of fish, invertebrates, snakes, lizards, turtles, stingrays and sharks can be seen. The doctor fish will give you a manicure, you can touch stingrays and don’t forget to pet a shark.

Open Wednesday - Saturaday 11am - 4pm | Sunday Noon - 4pm

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WED - SAT • 11AM - 4PM | SUN • 12PM - 4PM 

General Admission

(Scheduled During Non-Open Hours)

 Private Tour

FRI + SAT • 10:30AM | SUN • 11:30AM

The Peek Tour


Night Time Tour


About Us: 

Our goal is to increase the understanding of aquatic life and environments, to promote the importance of conserving the world of water, and to provide leadership for the preservation and sustainable use of aquatic resources.

Since 1971, the World Aquarium organization has been working as a not-for-profit organization within the St. Louis community to bring about a new way of educating the public about the importance of water and our environment. From 1990, the World Aquarium has been providing educational programs and services to the St. Louis community addressing needs identified from a regional educational analysis. Operating the museum component since 1993, the World Aquarium organization has perfected a financially stable operation that serves the public while maintaining its operation without significant financial input other than normal revenue streams. Beginning in the year 2000, the World Aquarium organization began looking at significantly larger sized facilities as a way to expand its programs and services to the community. From its beginning, the Aquarium's philosophy was to be an interactive, educational and research organization, which was part of the move to become St. Louis' Children's Aquarium (1996-2004).  2004-2015, The World Aquarium was evolved to operate inside the city museum.  In 2016 the Aquarium in its continued progress relocated to the St. Louis Riverfront the be part of the Laclede's Landing Development, to be near the Arch, the Mississippi  River, across the street from the Convention Center in a historic stand-alone building devoted to a family style experience, Come be immersed in this up close and personal interactive living museum!

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Join Our Team


We are currently looking for volunteer carpenters, plumbers and electricians. All staff must give guided educational tours to the public as well.  Degrees preferred, but hiring based upon experience.   If you meet these qualifications, please fill out the form below.

If you have an interest in biology, animals and the environment and a few hours to spare on a regular basis, consider joining our volunteer team.  Volunteers at the World Aquarium work alongside our professional staff, interact with the public, give guided tours through exhibit realms, and help maintain exhibits. No experience is necessary other than a well honed smile.

Children age 12 and up are eligible for our Volunteer program. Volunteers must come in for a regular shift of 4 hours. Regular attendance and 100% commitment is expected of all Volunteers. Due to our small staff, we can only accept highly motivated and dedicated applicants.

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(1) Helping Visitors - Volunteers work on the exhibit floor providing information to our visitors about our exhibits and assisting with animal interaction. (2) Education - Volunteers give guided tours to groups visiting the aquarium and are encouraged to volunteer for 2-4 tours per month to keep up to date on our ever-changing environment. (3) Exhibit Maintenance - Volunteers assist the staff with regular daily maintenance such as cleaning exhibits, wiping algae, cleaning exhibit areas and equipment. Other assigned tasks may include duties pertaining to water quality, animal handling and feeding.
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The World Aquarium is open for general admission.

Book a Tour

Go behind the scenes and explore the exhibits with our knowledgeable tour guides.

Membership & Donations

Donate and help support the operation of the World Aquarium.

Where, When & How

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