Seattle Aquarium receives $1M Murdock trust grant for expansion project

Riverfront photo of the Seattle Aquarium featuring skyscrapers

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust gave the Seattle Aquarium a $1 million grant toward the construction of the new Ocean Pavilion, the Trust announced Tuesday. 

The aquarium expansion, which will cost an estimated $160 million in total, plans to feature a 50,000-square-foot exhibit space and a habitat home to hundreds of species. Construction began on the pavilion in 2020 and is currently in “Phase 4” — habitat maintenance and creating a public rooftop, elevator and stairs — according to the aquarium’s website. Construction is expected to conclude next year.