|Date opened||May 28, 2003|
|Location||Jenks, Oklahoma, United States|
|Land area||72,000 sq ft (6,700 m2)|
The facility, designed by the architecture firm SPARKS and constructed by Ross Group, features eight exhibits including sites that focus on invertebrates, Oklahoma species, Ozark habitats, a coral reef, and sharks.
The aquarium also formerly housed the Karl and Beverly White National Fishing Tackle Museum, a major collection of 30,000 pieces of antique fishing tackle donated by Karl White. Mr. White withdrew his collection in 2010.
In July 2003, Discovery Channel's naturalist and filmmaker Nigel Marven (along with crew) documented four bull sharks at home in the architecturally innovative 500,000-US-gallon (1,900,000 L) tank. The resulting shots and commentary were featured in the 2003 edition of Discovery Channel's Shark Week series.[undue weight? ]
The Oklahoma Aquarium receives part of the funding of the 1 cent county sales tax approved in 2005 by voters under Vision 2025. The state legislature has authorized a specialty Oklahoma Aquarium license plate option with some of the fees going to support the facility.