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March 25, 2019
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Guests will enter the Dakota Aquarium & Butterfly House through an arrival and welcome area that opens up to the lobby and the Exploration Station, where young visitors can climb around larger-than-life versions of the butterfly life cycle, coral reefs and other marine life.
From the central, shared lobby, people can choose which adventure they’ll take first: the butterfly conservatory or the aquatic experience. As an added bonus, the second construction phase will relocate the butterfly conservatory’s entrance and exit to the same interior wall off the lobby. Currently, those who don’t wish enter the humid environment or who decide to make an early departure must cross diagonally through the butterfly conservatory to reach the exit. Separation of entry and exit is intentional and required by USDA guidelines to ensure no “hitchhiker” insects leave the conservatory.
The entire new configuration is designed with accessibility in mind. In the expansion, one-way traffic will create a clear route through the aquarium galleries. Everything is contained on a single level.
Each of the three galleries is themed for a distinct marine region:
See what to expect from the new spaces, including living exhibits and hands-on experiences for guests of all ages.