Steinhart Aquarium is one of the most biodiverse and interactive aquariums in the world. Home to 38,000 animals and more than 1,000 species of plants and animals, it offers guests an unprecedented view of underwater life and provides insight into the critical role that aquatic environments play in life on Earth.
The original Steinhart Aquarium opened in Golden Gate Park in 1923. It quickly became world famous for its novel exhibits and unusual animals, and was the model for many of the public aquariums that opened in the years that followed. Several components of the old Steinhart Aquarium have returned in the new aquarium, which opened back in the park in 2008, including the dramatic entrance columns, the vaulted ceiling, the sea horse railing, and the Swamp (alligator) exhibit. New technologies and advances in animal husbandry have made it possible for the Steinhart to create a suite of stunning new aquarium exhibits, including the world’s largest and deepest indoor coral reef, a four-level rainforest display, and more.