Our lives depend on the ocean, and its future is in our hands.

"Every other breath we take comes from the ocean. Our fate and the ocean's are one."—Sylvia Earle

The Campaign
for the Seattle Aquarium

We must protect the ocean—but that’s only the beginning.

At Seattle Aquarium, our mission is Inspiring Conservation of our Marine Environment. Together, we can go even further. We can aspire to more than just limiting harm—we can restore health to our ocean and create buildings, communities and cities that help all living beings thrive.

A Seattle Aquarium staff member kneeling on a beach at low tide, talking to two young children.
Close up of a species of coral underwater.
A spotted ray swimming underwater.

We have a vision to make ocean conservation a global imperative, a community value, and a deeply personal priority for all—starting here on Seattle’s waterfront.

Seattle Aquarium is now launching the most significant campaign in our history as part of a multi-phase, organization-wide transformation. We will dramatically expand our global and local conservation efforts and engage 1.2 million visitors every year in robust conservation education and inspiring encounters with marine life.

This campaign centers on three priorities, all of which will cultivate an ethos of care and action on behalf of marine life for generations to come.

Our Progress

Currently, the Seattle Aquarium has raised $125.9 million from a combination of private philanthropy and government sources, or 79% toward our comprehensive campaign goal of $160 million.

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$125.9M of $160M raised

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No water, no life. No blue, no green.

Sylvia Earle

Our Priorities

A rendering showing the front of the new Ocean Pavilion building with people walking on a sidewalk in front of the building.

Our Home

Ocean Pavilion and Campus Expansion

We will put ocean conservation at the center of our city and the hearts and minds of all visitors by creating a brand-new Ocean Pavilion, an iconic center for ocean advocacy that extends our ocean story from Seattle to the Indo-Pacific.

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Our Ecosystems

Species Recovery and Thriving Marine Life

We will expand our global species recovery and ocean conservation efforts, restoring healthy populations of endangered species like the Indo-Pacific leopard shark and pinto abalone.

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Our Future

Education and Advocacy

We will build a movement of ocean advocates to shape a hopeful, flourishing future through our youth engagement and advocacy programs.

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Our Partners

Co-creation with Indigenous communities has guided the Ocean Pavilion project for years

Seattle Aquarium honors our location in the traditional and contemporary territories of the Coast Salish people, the original stewards of these lands and waters.

An egg shaped piece of glass artwork, with a rope going through the piece and wrapped around the bottom. by Dan Friday.

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Your gift supports a healthy community, ocean and planet.


Together, we can make a difference for the ocean we all depend on.