Alaska SeaLife Center Celebrates Twenty Year Anniversary
May 3, 2018

Seward, AK (May 3, 2018)– The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) opened its doors on May 2, 1998 and has been generating and sharing scientific knowledge of Alaska’s unique marine ecosystems ever since. To celebrate this anniversary ASLC will be hosting a celebration, offering monthly promotions, and opening a new exhibit showcasing the past 20 years at the Center.

The Alaska SeaLife Center will be hosting a celebration on May 20 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with several activities planned. In addition to the existing exhibits, visitors will be invited to listen to live music and enjoy food from Alaskan food vendors. In addition to the daily encounters and experiences, there will also be Science Spotlights, Education Programs, and Keeper Chats. 

As a thank you to the Center’s supporters, the celebration continues all year long with monthly promotions. On the first of each month, an announcement will be made on ASLC website and Facebook page ( about the promotion that can be redeemed on the twentieth of each month.

The Center recently opened an exhibit highlighting the past, present, and future of ASLC. A portion of the exhibit is dedicated to thanking supporters and visitors, and we are seeking public involvement in collecting historical content. Photos taken at the Center may be sent to with the name of the photographer and approximate date the picture was taken for possible inclusion in the exhibit.

The concept of ASLC began over 20 years ago, with the initial vision by Seward community leaders. Sparked by the impact of the 1989 oil spill, a group of concerned citizens and researchers formed the Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine Science, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Through capital funding and the support of the Seward community, the building of the Alaska SeaLife Center began in 1995 and opened in 1998. Since then the Center has continued to fulfill the original mission by focusing on marine research, education, and animal rehabilitation.

“As we reflect on the past twenty years, we are thankful for our donors, members, and supporters who help make what we do possible. We look forward to continuing our mission work for years to come” said Alaska SeaLife Center President and CEO, Dr. Tara Riemer.

Alaska SeaLife Center hours through May 24, 2018, are:

Monday – Sunday                                                       10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Alaska SeaLife Center hours May 25 through August 19, 2018, are:

Friday – Saturday – Sunday                                       8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday           9:00 am – 9:00 pm


About the Alaska SeaLife Center: Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) research institution and public aquarium. We are excited to be celebrating 20 years of generating and sharing scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To learn more, visit www.alaskasealife.orgor find us on Facebook.


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