BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The National Aquarium unveils its latest exhibit, which lets guests have one-on-one encounters with the creatures of the ocean.

Amy Yensi saw the exhibit for herself.

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The aquarium was temporarily closed last week because of the unrest. Well, it’s open now, and soon, all visitors will be able to see the new exhibit.

Set to open soon, “Living Seashore,” the new exhibit at the National Aquarium, puts marine life at your fingertips.

Visitors during the soft open phase among the first to enjoy the hands-on experience with nearly 20 marine species.

“My favorite part is that I get to look at the animals, because I love animals,” said John Ortiz.

The aquatic gallery focuses entirely on the Mid-Atlantic seashore.

“One of the highlights for me is seeing all the animals that are right here in our local habitats, but people don’t necessarily realize are there,” said Jennie Janssen, National Aquarium.

After three years of planning, the design features dozens of interactive stations and two touch pools.

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Amy got acquainted with one of the jellyfish.

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Guests go beyond the boardwalk, and face-to-face with a wide range of sea creatures.

“If I hadn’t been here, by probably next year, I’d probably forget it. But now I know all the experiences,” said Stan Kustei.

Visitors of all ages intrigued by the mysterious inhabitants of the ocean also learn about how to preserve them for future generations.

“We want people to understand conservation. We want them to love and appreciate these animals like we do,” said Janssen.

The National Aquarium will officially open its newest exhibit on Tuesday, May 12.

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The exhibit takes up 2,700 square feet and features nearly 150 animals.