Greensboro Science Center Expansion: Aquarium Addition Complete

Posted by Steve Vincent on Mar 30, 2017 12:45:01 PM

In Family Outings, Destinations, Triad Life

Greensboro Science Center LogoThe Greensboro Science Center has been a fixture in the area since it opened in the 1950s - today, it is one of the most-visited destinations in the state of NC. After a $20 million bond was approved in 2009, the center began construction on a variety of enhancements and improvements that are delighting visitors young and old, local and from out of state.

Wiseman Aquarium Expanded in March 2017

Greensboro Science Center PenguinsNow officially named after former VF Corp. CEO Eric Wiseman and his wife, Susan (who provided a major donation that enabled a 5,000-square-foot addition that just opened) the 23,000-square-foot Greensboro Science Center’s Wiseman Aquarium is a big draw for school groups, families, and visitors to the Piedmont Triad.

Adding to the aquarium’s existing 18,000 square feet of exibits, which include penguins, fishing cats, sharks, otters, a touch tank, and much more, the new addition features 17 new exhibits of aquatic life, invertebrates, and fish, plus three new galleries:

  • Animals that float on the open ocean – like jellyfish and crabs.
  • Oddities of the ocean world – like seahorses, garden eels, and mantis shrimp.
  • Habitats around the globe – Pacific Ocean coral reefs, Washington state’s cold water rocky cliffs, and Florida’s mangrove swamps.

The aquarium opened to great fanfare in 2013, and it doubled attendance at the Greensboro Science Center.

Zoo Expansion Well Underway

Now, the museum will focus on expanding its zoo, planning to double its size by 2020. For an overview of the master plan, check out the News and Record's story here. An all-new dinosaur gallery will open later this year, allowing visitors to walk on the Prehistoric Path, which has been designed to look at life millions of years ago, exploring animal adaptations and strategies for survival. Other components of the massive addition will include (among many other things):

  • The Shearer Animal Health Center, which will enable the science center to care for its more than 1000 animals at the highest standards of animal care and welfare.
  • Pygmy Hippo Hollow, which will be NC’s only hippo encounter, featuring endangered pygmy hippos, which are found only in tiny pockets of West Africa.
  • Cassowary Cove, which will provide visitors with an up-close view of these large birds, which are known as true modern-day dinosaurs.
  • Survival Square, which is a plaza where the museum hopes visitor reflection and conversations about science will occur in the midst of diverse gardens and beautiful art.
  • Precious Predators, which will be an endangered cat complex focused on small endangered cats like fishing cat, sand cat, black-footed cat, and several others.

The Science Center will also introduce a new greenhouse complex, which will be used for education, plus provide food and plants for animals and habitats. Visitors will be able to learn about sustainable practices and ways to protect our environment to ensure survival of many species. Plans also include sculptural willow tree structures that can be played on and climbed upon.

The Greensboro Science Center has grown so much over the last 15-20 years, and it’s become a fascinating and fun destination for sunny days (outdoor animal habitats, SkyWild aerial adventure park, petting zoo) and rainy ones, as well (Aquarium, weather exhibits, Omnisphere shows, and much more). With awesome Junior Curator, LEGO engineering, summer camp, and other programs, this is the place to be.

If you haven’t visited it lately, we highly recommend a trip…and soon!


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