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Located in historic Rotterdam NY, our aquarium celebrates aquatic biodiversity with exhibits, experiences, and public programs designed to connect people of all ages with our planets aquatic creatures.

Explore vivid underwater worlds across 37 exhibits. From local favorites to the deepest depths of the ocean, explore our planet’s oceans and rivers all in your own backyard on this self-guided tour. Watch our Sharks swim overhead while schools of fish surround you in our immersive tunnel tanks. Feel the soft, smooth skin of a stingray as they swim right up to your hand in Stingray Bay. Take your family on an unforgettable journey, tickets available here or at the admissions desk.

For school teachers and homeschoolers alike our aquarium is a fantastic resource for all your needs. Your students can explore 25,000 square feet of oceanic treasure as your group embarks an exciting guided tour visiting over 2,000 creatures of the sea. Our trained aquarists will make sure your students receive the best Via Aquarium has to offer. All programs support the NGSS and NYS Curriculum, check out our downloadable teacher booklets with classroom activities to help prepare your students for the program and facilitate discussion following your visit!

Via Aquarium Hours

Admission gates close 1 hour early

Mon – Fri

10am – 7pm


10am – 8pm


11am – 6pm

Upcoming Events

March 24 (11:00 am - 01:00 pm)
Viaport Rotterdam

Red Couch Tour is sponsored by Ellis Medicine and is an awareness initiative for cardiovascular dise...

April 11 (01:00 pm - 03:00 pm)
Via Aquarium

Let Via Aquarium be your science resource. This monthly program, for students 6-18 (see times for ag...

April 18 (07:15 pm - 10:15 pm)
Via Aquarium

Grab your favorite glass of wine and relax in this adults-only night in the Aquarium. Follow along w...

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HOURS: MON-FRI: 10 AM to 7 PM, SAT: 10 AM to 8 PM, SUN: 11 AM to 6 PM

Important: Admission gates close at 6 PM Monday – Friday, 7 PM on Saturday and 5 PM on Sunday (1 hour before closing).