VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Do you have what it takes to be a hero? The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s latest exhibition, RESCUE, allows guests to experience and react to high-pressure, rescue-based scenarios in land, sea, and air rescues. The new exhibit is part of the Aquarium’s changing exhibits gallery which showcases new exhibitions seasonally. RESCUE is included in general admission to the Virginia Aquarium and will be on display from September 19, 2022 to January 10, 2023.

Created by the renowned Scitech in Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, guests can learn how rescue technology works and the skills and experience needed to be a rescuer. Take control of a full-size helicopter simulator to get a bird’s eye view of a rescue scene and use infrared cameras to look for heat signals. Navigate a jet ski around obstacles while searching for a swimmer washed out to sea, experience what it is like to traverse through a smoke-filled room and use the correct fire extinguisher to put out different fires. Interactive exhibits will also educate guests about medicine, search techniques, radio communication, rescue supplies and equipment such as the Jaws of Life.

Tom Zaller, CEO of Imagine Exhibitions shared, “Imagine Exhibitions is proud to partner with Scitech to bring RESCUE to the Virginia Aquarium. Who didn’t dream of becoming a police officer or firefighter as a child? At RESCUE, now the whole family can learn more about what it takes to be a first responder, and maybe visitors of all ages will be inspired to make that childhood dream a reality!”

RESCUE will be open daily to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a limited time, from September 19, 2022 through January 10, 2023. General admission tickets are available to purchase on the Virginia Aquarium’s website.

About Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. The Aquarium is also a member of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Virginia Aquarium’s mission is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research, and sustainable practices. It is located at 717 General Booth Boulevard, just south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports the work of the Virginia Aquarium. The Foundation procures and maintains the Aquarium’s exhibits, including the animals and habitats. It is also responsible for annual and capital fundraising, administration and funding for the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program, conservation and scientific research efforts, and the Aquarium’s mission- related education programs. You can be a part of our mission by making a tax-deductible donation to support our programming.

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