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The Next History & Hops!
From Public Baths to Aquarium

In August 1924 the Seaside Baths Natatorium – a salt water bath house and swimming pool – opened for business. By 1937 it had morphed into the Seaside Aquarium which is now the oldest privately-owned aquarium on the West Coast.
Keith Chandler, the aquarium’s general manager, will share tales of its 94-year storied past - from construction through conversion and development into a well-regarded marine life showcase. Those attending Seaside Museum’s History & Hops event on Thursday, April 26th will meet seal Tubby, Jr. and 25-pound lobster, Victor as well as a cast of other marine characters. The presentation begins at 6PM at the Seaside Brewing Co.
The aquarium has been part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network since 1990. As a partner with the Wildlife Center of the North Coast, the aquarium is a drop-off center for injured animals that are then transported by staff to the rehabilitation center in Astoria.
Keith Chandler has worked at the aquarium for almost 40 years.