San Francisco's Steinhart Aquarium Turns 100

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Philippine Coral Reef at the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences, (Photo Courtesy of the Steinhart Aquarium)

The Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences turned 100 this fall. It’s just eight years older than Methusaleh, the 92-year-old lungfish that arrived in 1938. The aquarium is home to 60,000 animals representing 1,000 species. Steinhart was the first public aquarium to display flashlight fish and coconut octopuses and found innovative ways to showcase the ocean’s mysterious “twilight zone.” As the Steinhart celebrates its century mark, questions remain about the role aquariums play in wildlife research, conservation, and education. We’ll talk to the aquarium’s director about its history and future. And we hear from you: what’s your favorite aquarium memory?


Bart Shepherd, senior director, Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences

Rebekah Kim, head librarian, California Academy of Sciences