Mississippi Aquarium

Mississippi Aquarium update

Construction for the Coast’s first accredited aquarium remains on schedule for the end of 2019 to early 2020. At the future site of the Mississippi Aquarium, the concrete has been laid for the most noticeable pieces of the aquarium: the…

Students learn about the MS Aquarium

This afternoon, students at Our Lady of Fatima Elementary School learned about some of the animals that will be at the Mississippi Aquarium. Mississippi Aquarium Director of Animal Care Ric Urban visited the school to spread his knowledge to the…

Splash Bash benefiting Mississippi Aquarium

Make a splash at the inaugural Hancock Whitney Splash Bash benefiting the Mississippi Aquarium. The bash takes place Friday, September 21st from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. at the Barksdale Pavilion at Jones Park.  Tickets are $100 each. For more information…

Hands-on animal experience at Mississippi Aquarium

When the Mississippi Aquarium opens its doors it will bring hundreds of aquatic wonders like alligators, otters, and dolphins to the Coast. Those are only a few of the animals that aquarium officials are planning for as construction continues. Ric…

Economic impact of the Mississippi Aquarium

Contractors have been hard at work creating the Mississippi Aquarium in downtown Gulfport. The aquarium will not only bring hundreds of aquatic wonders like alligators, otters, and dolphins to the Coast, but it will also bring economic growth. President and…

Mississippi Aquarium acrylic panels arrive

The Mississippi Aquarium continues to progress as the acrylic panels made their way to the Port of Gulfport. Mississippi Aquarium CEO David Kimmel said, “This is a cool day." It is definitely a cool day for the Mississippi Aquarium. Today…

Mississippi Aquarium site tour

Since the Sail-a-bration, the Mississippi Aquarium has made great progress with the hopes of opening in late 2019. The pace of construction is right on schedule for the Mississippi Aquarium as News 25 received a sneak peek of what is…

Mississippi Aquarium ‘sail’ebration kick off

Anticipation for the Mississippi Aquarium continues to grow with the kickoff celebration in Gulfport. This afternoon, News 25’s Jaylon Morris attended the event. Governor Phil Bryant and Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes talked about the aquarium’s impact on the community. The…

Mississippi Aquarium progress

Progress is being made toward the Mississippi Aquarium in downtown Gulfport. The project announced a month ago they had a general contractor to start working. The contractor has been onsite and has started to put the foundation of the building…

Mississippi Aquarium progress

Progress is being made toward the Mississippi Aquarium in downtown Gulfport. The project now has a general contractor to start work. The contractor will be out in the area within the next week or two beginning to put the foundation…

Citizens protest against dolphin tank in Gulfport

Concerned citizens are speaking out against the plans for a dolphin tank at the new Gulfport aquarium set to open in 2019. News 25’s Taylor Rubach spoke with the activists outside Gulfport City Hall where the vigil took place. ‘Empty…

Restore Act funds for aquarium in Gulfport

Seventeen million dollars of Restore Act funds will go towards the Mississippi Aquarium. Direct component funds and leveraged funding from the City of Gulfport will be used for construction of the Coastal Community Gallery building on the Mississippi Aquarium campus.…

Dirt work for state aquarium begins in Gulfport

Buildings are coming down in Gulfport to make way for the new aquarium. Construction workers have started the tear down process on the old building that used to be Big Mike’s Speakeasy. This is the first of multiple structures scheduled…

Mississippi Aquarium plans move forward in Gulfport

Plans for the Mississippi Aquarium in downtown Gulfport are moving forward. The City Council unanimously approved the first construction contract for the aquarium. W.C. Fore Trucking Incorporated submitted the low bid to demolish two buildings and complete other work. The…

Contract for Gulfport Aquarium Consultant Approved

A giant step for the City of Gulfport was announced today, allowing the aquarium project to officially swim into construction phase. Gulfport city officials approved a full-time aquarium consultant to be hired to start breaking ground on the Mississippi Aquarium…

Big Mike's Makes A Big Move

Big Mike's Speakeasy a popular spot for coast resident is moving to create space for the Mississippi Aquarium. The Irish Coast Pub gave up its lease in the first block of downtown's Main Street 25th Avenue and now very soon,…

Design Unveiling For Mississippi Aquarium

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