Washington branch of National Aquarium to close, animals coming to Baltimore

National Aquarium Washington branch of National Aquarium to close, animals coming to BaltimoreThe National Aquarium says it’s preparing to close its Washington branch this fall.

Some of the facility’s inhabitants will be transferred to Baltimore.

On Thursday, officials announced that renovations at the Department of Commerce building in which the aquarium has been housed since 1932 are the reason for the move.

Aquarium officials say they have to be out of the facility by March 2014, but the aquarium will close its doors on September 30 and start transporting the approximately 1,500 animals kept there to the National Aquarium in Baltimore as well as other facilities.

The National Aquarium in D.C. was established in 1873 and opened its doors to the public back in 1885.

Aquarium officials say they hope to find a new space in Washington, but so far the search has been unsuccessful.

They’re now exploring ways to maintain some type of presence in Washington, D.C.

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