History of SeaGlass Carousel


The New York Aquarium at the Castle was one of the nation’s earliest public aquariums welcoming 2.5 million visitors annually. Until its closing in 1941, the aquarium was a vital educational and scientific center. SeaGlass carousel will not only entertain visitors, but inspire and educate them.

The story of SeaGlass began when The Battery Conservancy was designing the park’s interior to reflect its rich history and to create a light source in a previously darkened landscape. An aquatic carousel was proposed to recall 1896 when The Battery was the first home of the New York Aquarium. SeaGlass is an innovative, aquatic–themed ride for Downtown residents, workers and visitors from around the world.

SeaGlass was born through the genius of wxy architecture. Inspired by the chambered nautilus, the spiraling pavilion of glass and steel brings art, architecture, music, and film to children of all ages. Renowned George Tsypin Opera Factory creates a mystical underwater experience. The rider sits within iridescent fish that glide through the sights and sounds of a 360° aquatic adventure.

Fish Sponsorship Opportunities

These magical fish figures are available for sponsorship. If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please contact Elizabeth Steeves at esteeves@thebattery.org.