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Rio Tinto Kennecott Plaza

We are excited to welcome you for a sneak peek of the new Rio Tinto Kennecott Plaza, opening Thursday, July 2, 2020! All guests will now begin their experience in our new Welcome Center located in front of the plaza.

The Plaza includes EECO (Ecosystem Exploration Craft & Observatory), community gathering space, peaceful gardens, and an amphitheater. Guests can explore their connection to the Living Planet through interactive learning experiences.

As an artistic sculpture, EECO inspires curiosity and wonder. The overall educational themes throughout the plaza focus on the concepts of curiosity, connections, and choices. The Plaza will be used for community events such as festivals, farmers’ markets, outdoor events, and more!


In the curiosity area, guests will explore a world of microscopic creatures including a mite and a Tardigrade scaled to make people feel the same microscopic size. There is also a rock grotto for small gatherings or a small private event rental.


In the connections space, guests will learn about how all ecosystems are interconnected to create our Living Planet. A giant water cycle will demonstrate how people, plants, and animals are all connected by water.


The choices area includes a garden where guests can reflect on their place in the world, and how personal actions can help or hurt the ecosystems around us. Together, we are all members of one global ecosystem, our Living Planet.

Welcome Center

Our new Welcome Center is where guests will purchase tickets or scan their memberships to enter the Aquarium as well as the new Plaza. Our Guest Services team can assist you with whatever your may need, from renewing a membership, to purchasing gift cards, or setting up an Animal Encounter. Let us know how we can help!

Explore, Discover, Learn

The Aquarium’s new Plaza will feature many hands-on experiences. From an interactive water table, to an Eel drinking fountain, there’s something exciting around every corner!

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