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Aquarium Membership

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Aquarium Membership

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Aquarium Membership

The National Aquarium is a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization. We are deeply grateful to all our members, who support our mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.

Attention members: You can now buy tours online! Learn how to purchase tours at a discounted member rate.

Membership Benefits

  • FREE unlimited admission for one year
  • VIP express entry through our Member Entrance
  • FREE members-only events throughout the year
  • 25% discount on parking at official partner garages
  • 20% discount on guest ticket purchases
  • 20% discount on tours and experiences
  • 10% discount on gift shop, cafe and photo purchases
  • FREE subscription to Watermarks, our full-color member magazine
  • Memberships are tax deductible within guidelines of U.S. law

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Membership Levels

Individual $75 Full member benefits for one named adult JOIN NOW
Dual $145 Full member benefits for two named adults, or one named adult and one guest per visit JOIN NOW
Family $195 Full member benefits for two named adults, or one named adult and one guest per visit, plus up to four children (ages 3-21) per visit JOIN NOW
Ocean Ambassador $250 Full member benefits for two named adults or one named adult and one guest per visit, up to six children (ages 3-21) and two guests per visit JOIN NOW
Donor Society


Members who support the mission of the National Aquarium by making annual contributions above and beyond the cost of a standard membership JOIN NOW

Membership FAQ

How is my membership being affected by COVID-19?

We know members are wondering when the National Aquarium will reopen and if memberships will be extended. We are currently making the necessary preparations to reopen our doors and welcome you back, once it is deemed safe to do so. Every aspect of the Aquarium experience is being taken into consideration to keep our guests, staff, volunteers and animals healthy and safe. Once we reopen, your membership benefits will be extended. We will send you an email confirming your membership extension that will be applied once the Aquarium can safely reopen to the public.

Can I visit if I don't have my membership card?

Yes! Membership cards are requested to speed entry, but a valid photo ID can also be presented at the member desk if you've forgotten your card.

If your card(s) have been lost, replacements may be printed at the member desk, or you can email us at

Do Aquarium members need to reserve tickets or entry times before visiting?

Aquarium members and their guests do not need to reserve tickets or entry times and are always welcome during normal operating hours. Discounted tickets for guests not covered by your membership may be purchased at the member services desk during your visit, or in advance by calling 410-659-4230公和我做好爽, 9 am to 4:30 pm, seven days a week.

Can I apply my Aquarium ticket purchase toward a membership?

Yes! Within 30 days of your purchase you can apply a portion of the cost of general admission tickets to a new membership for the ticket holders.

Level Maximum value applied from ticket purchase
Individual $39.95 (value of one adult general admission ticket)
Dual $79.90 (value of two adult general admission tickets)
Family $169.75 (value of two adult general admission tickets and three children's tickets)
Ocean Ambassador $229.65 (value of two adult general admission tickets and five children's tickets)

公和我做好爽For tickets purchased online, contact us at 410-659-4230, Monday through Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

For tickets purchased onsite at the box office, you must have the original paper receipt for the tickets. Please mail us the receipt, along with a completed membership application form and a check for the balance, to:

National Aquarium, c/o Membership

501 East Pratt Street

公和我做好爽Baltimore, MD 21202

Is my membership tax deductible?

Yes. The National Aquarium, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization (EIN 52-1121163). Your membership donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. For qualifying memberships you will receive an acknowledgement stating the value of any tangible benefits, including printed admission tickets, if they were received.

What are Member Evenings and how can I register to attend?

Member Evenings are special events where members and their guests can enjoy a relaxing crowd-free visit to the National Aquarium. These events are free to members; member guest tickets are $25 each. Learn more here.

Why aren't children under the age of 3 covered by membership?

公和我做好爽National Aquarium admission is free for all children under the age of 3.

Can my babysitter bring my children to the Aquarium?

Yes! When none of the adults named on the membership can attend, one sitter may accompany children covered by the membership free of charge. The sitter must possess your membership card, their photo ID, and a signed note from an adult member identifying the sitter and children attending.

公和我做好爽*The sitter policy applies to Dual, Family, Ocean Ambassador and Patron-level memberships.

What is your membership cancellation/refund policy?

Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable. Membership cards are not transferable to anyone not covered by your membership, with the exception of our babysitter policy.

Who do I contact with questions about my membership?

Email us at and we will be happy to respond by the next business day. You can also contact us by phone at 410-659-4230, Monday through Sunday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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Exclusive Member Events

公和我做好爽These free Aquarium touring events are exclusively for members and their guests.


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Gift of Membership

Is there an animal lover in your life? Give your special someone the gift of an Aquarium membership—a gift that can be enjoyed all year long!

Give A Gift of Membership