National Aquarium in Baltimore

Behind the Scenes

July 19, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To stimulate interest, develop knowledge and inspire stewardship of aquatic environments by providing cultural, recreational and educational experiences through exhibits and programs. The aquarium's diverse collection of more than 10,000 animals, representing more than 600 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine mammals, lives in re-created habitats.

Latest accomplishment: Since March, the aquarium's temporary exhibit space has been taken over by 40 species of terrestrial and aquatic venomous animals,including the death adder, gaboon viper, velvet ants and gila monster. "Venom: Striking Beauties" is on display through January 2000.

On the horizon: This fall, the aquarium will open an exhibit that will bring visitors face to face with the diversity of life on the Rio Negro in the Amazon Basin of South America. An expansion of the aquarium's South American Rain Forest, the "Flooded Forest," will re-create a 57-foot cross-section of the Rio Negro.

About the aquarium: Membership: 26,000 households. Attendance: 1.65 million annually. Operating budget: $26 million. Reserve for capital improvement: $40 million.

Where and when: Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. Hours: July and August, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (last entry time) daily. November-February: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. March-June, September, October: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday. Call 410-576-3800.

Ralph H. Gibson, chairman, board of governors, on the aquarium receiving the National Museum Service Award last September at a White House ceremony: "The award was given in recognition of our many community outreach programs. To be selected as one of three [museums] to receive this award had to be the highlight of the year for us ... at least it was for me."

Members of the board

William H. Carpenter Jr.

Jane W.I. Droppa

David K. Elam

Cecil E. Flamer

Randall M. Griffin

Frank A. Gunther Jr.

Carla D. Hayden

Donald R. Heacock

Bart Herbert Jr.

John K. Hoey

James R. Hyde

Jennifer W. Lambdin

Michael D. Mangan

James C. McBride

Kim I. McCalla

John L. Messmore

A. Carter Middendorf

William D. Norton

B. Dwight Perry

Dana C. Petersen

Donald S. Pettit

David J. Ramsay

Anne R. Riggle

Timothy C. Scheve

Jack E. Steil

Kenneth H. Trout

Howard M. Weiss

Peter S. Welles

Susan J. Williams

David L. Winstead

Gary W. Zimmerman

William Donald Schaefer

James A. Flick Jr.

Lynnette W. Young

Clair Z. Segal

Pub Date: 7/19/98

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