It's Your Aquarium

Locals Visit for Less

At the National Aquarium, there are so many ways to visit 20,000 of your favorite neighbors. With an ever-growing lineup of programs that offer local residents reduced or free admission, the National Aquarium welcomes you—with more opportunities than ever before—to stop by and say hello!

Half-Price Friday Nights

Friday is your night! Enjoy access to our award-winning exhibits for half the price of general admission during Half-Price Friday Nights, brought to you by M&T Bank. An evolution of our Friday After Five program, Half-Price Friday Nights runs year-round, allowing you to spend any (or every) Friday evening after 5 pm with our 20,000 animals. Tickets are available online or Friday evenings on-site.

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Maryland Mornings

Show your state pride! From Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to Thursday, February 28, 2019, Maryland residents can visit the Aquarium from Sunday to Friday before noon and receive a special residents-only rate. That's $10 off for adults and $5 off for children.

Simply reference Maryland Mornings at the ticket window and show proof of residency to receive the special pricing. Tickets must be purchased on-site. Blackout dates apply. Senior and military guests will be eligible for the same special price as adult guests.

Blackout Dates

  • Pay What You Want Day (November 4)
  • Black Friday (November 23)
  • Sunday of Dollar Days (December 9)
  • Holiday dates (December 26-January 1)
  • Sunday and Monday of MLK weekend (January 19-20)
  • Sunday and Monday of President's Day (February 17-18)

Read to Reef

The National Aquarium and the Enoch Pratt Free Library are connecting Baltimore students' love of reading to the aquatic world with Read to Reef, a book club for kids in fifth grade and younger. In exchange for reading five or more aquatic- or conservation-themed books, Pratt Library cardholders can earn up to four tickets to the National Aquarium, while supplies last. Throughout March 2019, visit a Pratt Library branch to receive a Read to Reef bookmark and dive into reading. Visit our Read to Reef page to learn more about the program.

Free Fall Friday Night

We are opening our doors to our community and inviting you to explore our aquatic treasures for FREE during Free Fall Friday Night!

Join us after 5 pm on Friday, October 26, 2018, as we stand alongside the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and our cultural community during this month-long celebration of our beloved city's thriving cultural scene. The Aquarium is proud to help bring awareness to all Baltimore has to offer by inviting thousands to share in—and be inspired to protect—the wonders of the underwater world.

Pay What You Want Day

We are proud to give back to our community that has given us so much by offering our annual Pay What You Want Day, made possible with the generous support of T. Rowe Price. On Sunday, November 4, 2018, you may choose your admission price—yes, whatever you chose to donate!—to access our award-winning exhibits, reconnect with our natural wonders and support our conservation efforts.

Made Possible by Our Official Community Engagement Sponsor

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Dollar Days

Event details for Dollar Days are coming soon—stay tuned for more information!

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Community Connections

Thanks to the generous support from our corporate community, the Aquarium is able to provide complimentary Community Connections tickets to qualifying nonprofit organizations.