Our mission is to inspire conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and research and by providing an exceptional visitor experience. The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We rely on the support of our paying guests, members, foundations and the generosity of our donors.
2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
The South Carolina Aquarium was announced as one of ten recipients of the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The Aquarium was recognized “not for having a massive living collection of exotic species from around the world, but for keeping its collection’s focus local.” Housing thousands of species native to South Carolina, the Aquarium has been awarded for educating the public about the biodiversity of our regional aquatic ecosystems, as well as its efforts in South Carolina’s science education curriculum and dedication to tackling tough environmental issues. We are proud to be a conservation education leader in the community. Thank you for being an integral part of our success!