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New aquarium gallery opening soon

Ridges to Rivers will open on Wednesday, March 1.

A Rainbow Shiner fish.

Get a snorkeler’s view of fish like the Rainbow Shiner, one of many found in the waterways of Southern Appalachia.

Photo provided by the Tennessee Aquarium

On Wednesday, March 1, the Tennessee Aquarium will celebrate the grand opening of Ridges to Rivers, a new gallery highlighting Southern Appalachia’s vibrant aquatic life.

Here’s a little bit of what to expect once the gallery opens:

  • The chance to experience a snorkeler’s view of some of the animals
  • More than three dozen species of fish
  • A 22-ft-long exhibit recreating various habitats offered by mountain streams flowing into the Upper Tennessee River
  • A demonstration of how thunderstorms impact streams (think: Rainforest Café-like thunderstorms every quarter hour)
  • A larger, more open Sturgeon Bend exhibit

The gallery will be located in the River Journey building and replace Discovery Hall. Learn more about the animals on display at the exhibit online.