Kansas City to get $15 million aquarium in department store

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 | 4:51 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — Kansas City is getting an aquarium that will include seahorses and sharks.

U.K.-based Merlin Entertainments Group announced Wednesday that it has reached a deal to open the $15 million attraction in part of Crown Center's Halls department store, near the city's downtown.

Construction will begin in May, and the aquarium is set to open in spring 2012.

Plans call for it to provide visitors a glimpse of underwater life in the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, as well as the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The centerpiece will be a tropical ocean tank with a walk-through underwater tunnel.

The company operates other aquariums in the United States, Europe and Asia.

The company says in a news release that the Kansas City aquarium won't receive any tax incentives.


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