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Discover Shedd Aquarium wheelchair accessible attractions, things to do, tours and activities for disabled travelers. Read our informative review to learn if the Shedd Aquarium is wheelchair accessible and wheelchair friendly or if Wheelchair Jimmy recommends this attraction be avoided by travelers in wheelchairs.

The Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois that opened on May 30, 1930. The aquarium contains over 25,000 fish, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons of water. The Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. It is surrounded by Museum Campus Chicago, which it shares with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. The aquarium has 2 million annual visitors; it was the most visited aquarium in the U.S. in 2005, and in 2007, it surpassed the Field Museum as the most popular cultural attraction in Chicago. It contains 1500 species including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. The aquarium received awards for best exhibit from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for Seahorse Symphony in 1999, Amazon Rising in 2001, and Wild Reef in 2004.

  1. City Attraction Wheelchair Accessible:         Yes
  2. Fully Accessible Entry:                                      Yes
  3. Accessible Restrooms Onsite:                          Yes
  4. Restrictive Steps:                                                Use Ramps and Elevators

Jim’s Accessibility Comments:

Very wheelchair friendly museum. There are steps but elevator is available.

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