The new Sobela Aquarium in the KC Zoo showcases 8,000 animals including half a dozen sharks.

The Kansas City Zoo will open its new 650,000-gallon Sobela Aquarium on Sept. 1 – but to avoid overcrowding, guests need to enter on timed reservations. 

Timed-entry reservations can be made when purchasing general admission tickets to the zoo. There is no additional charge to view the Sobela Aquarium, and there is also no time limit for how long you can stay in the museum once you’ve entered.  

Tickets range from $19 to $22 for general admission, but are reduced to $9.50 to $11 for Jackson and Clay County residents. The reduced admission comes as a result of residing in the zoological tax district, which helped fund the zoo and the aquarium. 

The aquarium, one of the largest projects in the zoo’s history, features six major habitats and dozens of exhibits. 

Visit to purchase tickets and make timed reservations for the Sobela Aquarium. Reservations for Sept. 1- 15 are now available, with more time slots opening Sept. 6.