Tampa aquarium recently opened a well equipped learning and research centre at a whopping cost of two million dollar. This project has been in the pipeline for years and it will offer a renewed outlook to Tampa marine exhibit. As the aquarium is entering its twentieth year of operation, learning and research centre launching gains special significance. A conference and event center is planned as a part of the Tampa aquarium expansion plan. The new research center has been named as Carol J and Barney Barnett Learning Centre. As per official records, more than seven lakh people visited this aquarium in the previous year. Five thousand square feet area of learning centre at Tampa sea life center features five classrooms which surround a common space.
It is believed that opening up of Carol J and Barney Barnett Learning Center will give an impetus to fisheries science research domain. Their sea turtles will definitely catch the attention of aquarium visitors especially school going children. This research centre offers facilities that are available only in world class universities including sixty inch mondopad touch screen computer. Convention centre at Tampa aquarium will be suitable for birthday parties, workshops and demonstrations. School teachers from far flung areas of USA came to attend workshops held at Carol J and Barney Learning Center recently. About 12000 school children enrolled in the educational program organized by Tampa aquarium. Indoor decoration of Tampa aquarium research center is simply fabulous and stunning.