Aquarium director Doug Kemper announces admission fees on February 18, 1977.

  • By Patrick McRoberts
  • Posted 1/01/2000
  • Essay 2176
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On February 18, 1977, with the Seattle Aquarium nearing completion, aquarium director Doug Kemper announces admission fees to meet a $962,000 annual operating budget. Fees for adults will be $2.50, with those for children and seniors lower.

Single admission fees will be as follows:

  • Adults 18-61 -- $2.50
  • Teens 13-17 -- $1.25
  • Seniors 62 and up -- $1.25
  • Children 6-12 -- $.75
  • Children 5 and younger -- Free
Annual family passes will go for $25. Individual passes will be $10 for students and seniors and $15 for others.

The aquarium was expected to open at the end of April, but did not in fact open until May 20, 1977.

Sources: "An Aquarium Full of Surprises," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, February 18, 1977, p. C-5; "Aquarium to Charge Admission on Scale Basis," The Seattle Times, February 20, 1977, p. A-14.

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