The Two Oceans Aquarium opened in November 1995 and, while it is neither big nor massively impressive by world standards, its ambience is magical, its exhibits are beautiful and its staff and volunteers are friendly, enthusiastic and dedicated. Within a few years of opening, people from around the globe were talking about us and we became a must-see destination in Cape Town.

To date the Two Oceans Aquarium has received over 5.5-million visitors and we have excelled in the education arena. Considering that we have, in the year 2008/9, taught 46 500 pupils in our discovery centres, visited hundreds of schools with our Outreach unit and given courses to thousands of teachers, technikon and university students, matriculants and “young biologists’, we can be justly proud of our achievements.

The Two Oceans Aquarium continuously contributes to the upliftment of our communities and we are playing a pivotal role in helping the National Department of Education achieve its goals in environmental education in the region.

We have also conducted exciting work in the fields of conservation and research. Our endeavours with ocean sunfish, finfish culture and most recently shark conservation have caught the attention of local and overseas scientists, resulting in some fascinating collaborative work.

Since opening we have evolved into one of the most attractive aquariums in the world and we are now a valuable asset to both the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the City of Cape Town.

The mission of the Two Oceans Aquarium is to remain a financially viable and prominent visitor attraction in the Western Cape, in order to continue to raise ocean awareness through our quality exhibits, our conservation programmes and our education outreach.

Further, we aim to:

  • Maintain our status as one of the leading environmental education centres in the southern hemisphere;
  • Promote conservation and sustainable use of the environment, building public awareness and promoting advocacy;
  • Build on our uniqueness;
  • Be a fun place for the children of today and the children of tomorrow;
  • Be a place of learning through discovery. 

9 to 14 September 2012
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town, South Africa


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