Located in the City Museum in downtown St. Louis, this aquarium has adopted the animals from the Children's Aquarium ... More
Located in the City Museum in downtown St. Louis, this aquarium has adopted the animals from the Children's Aquarium including the small sharks, piranhas, catfish, crabs, alligators and turtles. The staff offers an incredible hands-on learning experience. See the website for group admission prices and combined group tour rates.
This aquarium is not like any other aquarium anywhere! There are things up high and low and they have many areas where the animals can be touched. For the kids, there are climbing areas and secret passageways. The adults can admire City Museum founder Bob Cassilly's artwork throughout the aquarium.
It seems that other reviewers are averse to touching animals or something? You can't go in here - much less City Museum itself - and not expect to get your hands a little dirty. The aquarium offers handwipes or you can use City Museum's bathrooms to wash hands. Hand sanitizer is toxic to the animals, so it's not allowed within the aquarium.
The best thing to do is go and check it out yourself and ask the staff any questions rather than jump to conclusions.
I wish I would have read these reviews before financially supporting such a place. This place was terrible, dirty, and depressing. Their animals should be taken away by the humane society. Guests are allowed to touch animals in tanks of water without first washing hands or sanitizing prior to . Animals are kept in small, dirty cages if they are lucky. Others are kept in plastic tote boxes. No plant life is present in so many of the tanks.
On the tour, we were able to visit the backroom area as well. There are many animals kept in quarantine.
I will never go back. Please review my photos to see why.
I went too the city museum on vacation recently, not knowing that there was an aquarium.
The aquarium was very depressing, while some animals had large tanks that they could run around in, others were trapped in small pens or glass cages. The armadillo they had, looking for shelter as people surrounded its cage ran in a circle. :'(. Kids were screaming the entire time, and those poor otters! Screaming for food, as the feeder walked by practically taunting them. Many animals were just laying on the ground in there pens, scared, while sweaty children tried too touch them.
Don't waste your money or time unless u want to call and REPORT them!!! the tanks and habitats are so filthy, the odor was breath taking you couldn't breath, the animals are lethargic and half dead! It was very sad and disturbing! They not only have half dead animals on display but they also have fake animals! who wants to go to a aquarium to see fake animals or half dead ones?? the animals you could touch you didn't dare stick your hands in the water in fear you would catch a disease! My 8 and 9 yr old niece and nephew were very disappointed and asked if they could free the animals and give them a better life because they are going to die here they wanted to take them to the vet!! When I asked to speak with a manager they had nothing but attitude, the manager didn't understand the complaint and you could tell it was a everyday thing! They did refund our money but that still doesn't save the animals SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE!!!! the manager had comments to make about it "being a orphanage and if u really want to feel sorry for animals then go to the zoo!" (which i did the day before and have wonderful things to say about it) they have NO intention of rectifying the problems, complaints are so common place that they have been reported and officials have obviously done nothing about it!!! It baffles my mind!
For a small fee you are able to pet turtles, bunny, sharks, starfish, crabs, doctor fish-which are tiny fish that feed on dead skin and pet stingrays!!! My daughter and nephew who were 10 LOVED it spent several hours. It is small and they have alot of sea creatures to see, it is a great break from climbing.
The World Aquarium is one of the best-kept secrets in St. Louis. I would highly recommend it for any occasion. It's not only a great place for adults, but also for children. Fun and interactive experience. I rank it A++!
Regarding the other comments -- I learned that the Aquarium has a great policy regarding conservation and animal rescue and spends considerable amount of time working with the animals and fish to make sure they are happy and healthy.
This place was awful! The tanks were so disgusting and dirty that you couldn't even see the fish! Most of the coral and rocks are covered in algae that distracts from the fish. Most of the animals look very depressed especially the armadillo housed in a very small box. Save your money!
Like everyone said, cages/tanks are too small, lots of hazards, fish are crowded and unkept, great place to go if you want to feel sorry for some animals, and the museum itself seems like just a place where kids are dumped. They run around unsupervised and destructive. Will never go again.
Museum?? No, just a giant junkyard and playground.
World Aquarium??? No, sick and diseased marine life and small animals.
No supervision-just screaming kids. I will report them to the Humane Society-I feel so sorry for the animals/fish/reptiles-I couldn't sleep. The cost? $18 for each of us. I'd rather eat dryer lint!!! Never never again!! Tell everyone you meet-don't go!
This might've been said before, but I've been born and raised in St. Louis, and I have just recently heard of this World Aquarium, something tells me that it's just a really big pet store, I recommend going to the St. Louis Zoo.
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