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Construction Nears Completion On Charleston Marine Museum

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Lou Sennick
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The World

Construction is wrapping up on a new marine museum and aquarium on the Southern Oregon Coast.

After seven years of planning, the Charleston Marine Life Center expects to open its doors to the public this spring. The 6,000 square foot museum overlooks the Charleston Harbor. It’s a part of the University Of Oregon Institute Of Marine Biology.

Director Craig Young explains how the design of the building incorporates the landscape:

Young: "People coming into the building initially will get an impression of what things look like underwater. But then as they go up to the top floor, you'll also have spectacular views out over the harbor. So, you'll be able to see seals and sea lions out the window in an area where seals and sea lions are highlighted in the exhibits."

The museum is designed to engage the entire community. The displays showcase native plant and animal life from the Southern Oregon Coast.

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