The Alaska SeaLife Center to Reopen May 20, 2020
May 14, 2020

 Seward, Alaska (May 14, 2020) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) will reopen to the public on Wednesday, May 20, following Phase 2 of the state’s “Reopen Alaska Responsibly Plan.” The Center will operate well below 25% capacity and is implementing new standard operating procedures and enhanced health and safety measures to safeguard guests, staff, and animals.

“After two months of being closed to the public, we are excited to reopen our doors to share our educational mission as well as support Alaskans who have been hunkered down for so long,” said Tara Riemer, ASLC President and CEO. “The health, safety, and wellbeing of every guest is our utmost priority. While we are taking a cautious approach to reopening, we aim to still deliver a world-class experience for visitors.”

Along with attendance limits that support physical distancing, other health and safety initiatives include online ticket sales only, one-way visitor flow, and enhanced cleaning methods. Staff and guests over the age of 2 are required to wear face coverings. The interactive fish boat exhibit will remain temporarily closed, and the touch tank will be open to view but not to touch. A complete list of all health and safety measures can be found at

“We have been preparing for our reopening for several weeks to ensure we are maintaining the highest standards of health and safety. From conducting a deep clean of all exhibits to removing unnecessary touchpoints, the Alaska SeaLife Center is well prepared to provide a safe, clean and enjoyable experience for our guests,” said Chip Arnold, ASLC Chief Operating Officer.

The Center is now taking online reservations for May 20 to 31 and will soon add the opportunity to reserve tickets for June. Online tickets are now required for all guests, including members. Members have already received customized information via email on how to reserve their tickets. Anyone arriving without an online reservation can use a QR code to access online ticket purchases if capacity is available. Admission will be timed, which will limit the number of guests in the Center at one time and provide for increased physical distancing.

“Next week I hope to welcome to the Alaska SeaLife Center many Alaskans who have the opportunity to explore one of Alaska’s jewels in their own backyard,” states Riemer. “We have taken care to provide a safe environment where visitors to can both have fun and learn something about Alaska’s ocean ecosystems and our amazing marine animals.”

Online tickets must be reserved prior to visiting the Alaska SeaLife Center, and information can be found on the Center’s website,

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