The Shedd Aquarium

Museum Campus

Front view of the Shedd AquariumWhile in Chicago, one would be wise to spend a day or two at the Museum Campus Chicago. Museum Campus Chicago houses three of the United States most popular museums: The Shedd Aquarium, The Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum.

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History


The John G. Shedd Aquarium opened on May 30, 1930. Today, The Shedd AquariumFish at the Shedd Aquariumaccommodates, roughly, 2 million visitors annually. Intriguing guests can witness 1500 species of wildlife including: fish, birds, snakes, amphibians, insects, and marine mammals in this enormous 422,000 square foot facility.

 
Between December 1929 and May 1930, 1 million gallons of salt water and a countless number of sea life was railed in from the Florida Keys, aboard a custom built Pullman train car named the Nautilus. For 27 years, between 1930 and 1957 the Nautilus carried live fishCraband salt water to the Shedd Aquarium. The Nautilus was a technical achievement for Pullman Car Works in Chicago, as it was custom fitted with tanks, pumps, air compressors, electric refrigeration and steam heat.

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The Nautilus II, the predecessor of the original Nautilus was retired and donated to the Monticello Railway Museum just outside of Champaign, IL.

 

 

Exhibits


Today’s permanent exhibits: Amazon Rising, Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, the Oceanarium and Wild Reef give The Shedd Aquarium reasearchers and its 2 million annual visitors aCoral at the Shedd Aquariumunique awareness and education about marine wild life and the delicacy of its environment .


The Amazon Rising is an 8,600 square foot exhibit that gives its visitors a unique glimpse of the Amazon ecosystem in a mock up of a true Amazon Basin. The excursion starts in the low-water season. Where the water level is low and continues through the rainy season where the water rises above 6 feet. During their adventure, visitors may observe such creatures, such as, as the enormous Goliath bird eating spiders; this spider can grow into the size of a dinner plate, or the green anaconda, Crocodiles, and stingrays. All together, The Amazon Rising is home to 250 species of wildlife.


Visitors at the Caribbean Reef exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium are confronted 5 times a day (during feeding) by at diver that interacts with both the animals and the visitors. This tankPenguins at the Shedd Aquariumholds 90,000 gallons of water and contains 70 species of animals.

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The Wild Reef and the Waters of the World exhibits are galleries that allow visitors at the Shedd Aquarium an eye to eye view to indecent corals and garden eels

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The Abbott Oceanarium exhibit is a two level exhibit that hosts animals Such as Pacific white-sided dolphins, beluga whales, sea otters, penguins and sea lions.

 

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