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History and Hops features Keith Chandler

From public baths to aquarium

Published on April 16, 2018 8:41AM

Last changed on April 20, 2018 7:04AM

The Seaside natatorium opened in 1924.

Seaside Museum and Historical Society

The Seaside natatorium opened in 1924.

In August 1924 the Seaside Baths Natatorium, a salt water bath house and swimming pool, opened for business. By 1937 it had morphed into the Seaside Aquarium which is now the oldest privately-owned aquarium on the west coast.

Keith Chandler, the aquarium’s general manager, will share tales of its 94-year storied past — from construction through conversion and development into a well-regarded marine life showcase. Those attending Seaside Museum’s History and Hops event on Thursday, April 26, will meet seal Tubby Jr. and 25-pound lobster, Victor, as well as a cast of other marine characters. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Seaside Brewing Co.

The aquarium has been part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network since 1990. As a partner with the Wildlife Center of the North Coast, the aquarium is a drop-off center for injured animals that are then transported by staff to the rehabilitation center in Astoria.

Keith Chandler has worked at the aquarium for almost 40 years.

History and Hops is a series of local history discussions hosted by the Seaside Museum on the last Thursday of each month, September through May, at Seaside Brewing Co., 851 Broadway.

Preserving Seaside’s History since 1974, the Seaside Museum and Historical Society is a nonprofit educational institution with the mission to collect, preserve and interpret materials illustrative of the history of Seaside and the surrounding area. The museum is located at 570 Necanicum Dr., and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information can be found at


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