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Aquarium Center
Souviner Shop, Group Rates, and History


Iowa State Fairgrounds
E. 30th & Grand Ave. Gate
Des Moines, Iowa
Open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily 515-263-0612

Greatest Little Aquarium in the World!!!

* Be sure to stop at our souvenir counter. There are over 3,000 items for you to see. The largest selection of aquatic souvenirs, shells and coral jewelry and shell crafts in the Midwest.

* Groups of 10 or more (special group rates, by appointment only) are always welcome. Please call ahead for information.

* The Greater Iowa Aquarium Center was built in 1979. It is the only public aquarium in the world that was built by a tropical fish club.

The Aquarium Center was built by donations of goods from the business sector and volunteer labor of the members of the Greater Iowa Aquarium Association.

The Aquarium Center receives no funding from any government source. The Center is funded solely by admissions, souvenir sales, donations and fund raising events.

Due to the increase in membership and displays we have outgrown our present building; therefore, the G.I.A.A. has announced a fund raising drive to build a new and much larger facility. If you would like to help us, we would greatly appreciate it. You will find a donation box near the Souvenir Counter, or you may send your donation to:

Greater Iowa Aquarium Center
Building Fund
501 E. 30th St.
Des Moines, IA 50317



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Last Updated: May 31, 1997
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