Work Moving Forward On $45 Million Union Station Aquarium

Brett Blume
May 07, 2018 - 4:00 am
The aquarium will delight You with its unforgettable beauty of the underwater world.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  Welding, hammering and other construction sounds can be heard behind a large temporary wall at St. Louis Union Station as work moves forward on a new aquarium.

During a recent behind-the-scenes tour of the project, Union Station hotel manager Tim Cooper said a lot of time and thought went into what they would construct, before they settled on a world-class aquarium.

"It was all about attraction and something that families could do that was very integrated into our local community as well," Cooper told KMOX News.

He pointed out there will be a wide variety of species on display in the 700,000 gallon aquarium.

"We'll have a salt water feature and a fresh water feature," he said. "But it will also be very highly educationally run, with a lot of technologies involved in it."

Also critically important to the developers, he said, was including an interactive element in which visitors will be able to get up close and personal with certain species in specially designated "touch tanks".

Also included in the new development will be a 200-foot tall Ferris Wheel and several other fun attractions.

The aquarium itself will be available to rent out for weddings and private parties

It will be open 365 days a year from 9 am to 7 pm, and while admission will be charged those prices haven't been determined at this time.

It's not yet clear how many new jobs will be created but the facility will employ a team of animal husbandry marine biologists and aquarists to watch over the long-term care of the fish in the exhibit.

Cooper says developers are anticipating a major boost for local tourism.

"Potentially we could run six- or seven-hundred thousand, up to a million people a year, through the aquarium itself," according to Cooper. "So much like in the heyday of the mall there was about that many people coming through a year as well."

Developers expect the $45 million attraction to open sometime in the fall of 2019.