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At Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas, the 1.5 million-gallon Aquarium Pyramid offers close-up views of over 8,000 specimens of marine life including penguins, sharks, seals, seahorses, moray eels and more. Since its opening in 1999, the Aquarium Pyramid has provided tributes to the North Pacific, Caribbean, Tropical Pacific and South Atlantic Oceans.

The pyramid-shaped building is 128 feet tall, with a rectangular base of 220 feet wide by 322 feet long. The base of the aquarium is one acre. Total aquarium square footage is 130,000 square feet.

The facility is constructed of steel, concrete and glass. The structure consists of two levels of cast-in-place concrete, while the springing above the concrete is a structural steel frame that forms the pyramid shape with the glass skylight system for the roof. The building is located adjacent to the Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid.