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On the Aquarium roof, a light sculpture by Santa Cruz artist Brian Coleman tops off the festivities that say thank you to the community for five years of tremendous support.
Fifth Anniversary Party
October 20, 1989Free admission for Monterey Peninsula residents, lectures and tours, a street dance and a circus make up a nine-day celebration of the Aquarium's fifth birthday. Over nine million people visited the Aquarium in its first five years of operation.
All Shook UpFifth anniversary festivities are tempered by the Loma Prieta earthquake, which occurs only a few days before the celebration. The Aquarium withstands the 7.1 temblor without damage, although a diver who was in the Kelp Forest exhibit at the time of the quake says it sounded like a helicopter hovering overhead.