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Upgrades announced for Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium

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Posted at 5:28 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 13:23:01-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo says the Walter Scott Aquarium will be getting a facelift through May of 2020.

The rennovations will include:

  • Changes to guest entries and exits
  • New facade including brushed stainless steel to simulate waves and cut metal panels to replicate coral
  • Lighting and sound upgrades with realistic effects
  • Videoboards at entrances
  • Digital menu boards at Sea Turtle Cafe
  • Upgraded concession equipment
  • More concession windows
  • New carpet
  • Exhibit enhancements
  • Filter upgrades
  • Renovated restrooms

You can read the zoo's full release below:

As Zoo-goers visit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, they will see renovations taking place at the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium. All renovations will be complete by May 2020. Guest entries and exits in the Aquarium are going to change throughout the duration of the project based on the phase of construction. The Aquarium will remain open during the renovation. When renovations are complete, the Aquarium will have a redesigned façade. Brushed stainless steel will simulate waves in the ocean and cut metal panels will replicate coral. Lighting and sound will make the area come alive with realistic effects. The entrances to the Aquarium and the Aquarium Conference Center will both be better defined and include a 4-foot by 12-foot videoboard. Sea Turtle Café will have digital menu boards, upgraded equipment and an additional concession window bringing the total number from four to five. The plaza area will be updated with tile and the underside of the canopy will be blue stainless steel that is dimpled to look like the surface of water. Exhibit enhancements, filter upgrades, new carpeting throughout and renovated restrooms are also a part of the project. The Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium was built in 1995 and includes animals such as penguins, tropical fish, coral, sea turtles, jelly fish, sharks and a 70-foot tunnel which allows for underwater viewing. The Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium is the largest aquarium inside a Zoo.