Roundhouse Aquarium Beautification Project

Roundhouse Renovations Updates

Please check this page often, as we will use it to update you on our temporary facility, construction dates, and plans for the new and improved Roundhouse Aquarium.

Follow us on social media to get up to the minute information and see photos and videos of the transformation as it happens.

We’re very excited for our upcoming renovations funded by the Harrison Greenberg Foundation Roundhouse Aquarium Beautification Project (HGFRABP)!  We can’t wait to show you our new aquarium.
Temporary Facility:

They are currently laying the foundation for the temporary classroom at the south end of the pier parking lots!  The trailer will be delivered at the end of November, and we’ll have until December 31 to move in.

During the move (December 2017) we may have to close the Roundhouse completely for several days or weeks.  We are going to do our best to keep full closures to a minimum, but there will be times that we cannot avoid closing.  Please check our Facebook page for updates on closures.  Once we are fully up and running in the temporary facility, we will have a special welcoming event.  Check our Facebook page or join our email list for more information.

Once we’re settled into the temporary classroon, we’ll have tanks, animals, displays, and enough room to continue our field trip programs.

We plan to keep our operating hours the same in the temporary classroom as they would be in the Roundhouse!  M-F 2pm-5pm, S-S 10am-sunset.

Draft design:

The New and Improved Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center:

We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Harrison Greenberg Foundation and the City of Manhattan Beach to create a state of the art educational aquarium.  The funding for the Harrison Greenberg Foundation Roundhouse Aquarium Beautification Project will be used to completely transform the interior of the Roundhouse.  The footprint of the Roundhouse will remain the same, but the inside will be all new.  When you enter the new Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center, a fully immersive experience awaits you.  In addition to a more beautiful looking aquarium inside, the Roundhouse will be more efficient and functional.  The changes will improve the experience for our visitors, volunteers, and students alike.

Construction is scheduled to begin in January of 2018 and run through the end of May 2018.  It will run concurrently with the city’s pier improvement projects.

View the video fly-through of the latest design.


For information about the Harrison Greenberg Foundation, or to donate to the project, please visit their website

For information from the city of Manhattan Beach regarding this project, please visit their website


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