People Painting at Dive into Art

Dive into Art

Paint & Sip Night

Spend an unforgettable evening at the National Aquarium learning how art plays an important role in the design of our exhibits and animal care before creating some art of your own!

This adults-only experience begins with a guided tour of some of our most immersive exhibits, including Blacktip Reef and the award-winning Living Seashore. On this tour, you’ll discover how our exhibit designers and animal care professionals combine science and art in unique ways to recreate natural habitats and support animal care.

After your tour, it’s time to bring out your own creativity in a guided painting session led by our partners from The Painted Palette! During this instructor-led class, you’ll create a masterpiece of your own to take home as a memento of your experience. Guests will also enjoy a glass of wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage during the guided painting session.

The Basics

Painting Schedule: 
Each program will focus on a featured subject for the evening’s painting session. Instructors from The Painted Palette will guide guests through the painting project step-by-step, helping them to create their own canvas masterpiece to take home at the end of the night!

April 20th - Sea turtle

6PM - 9PM



All participants must be at least 21 years of age. Refunds will not be given for participants who do not meet the age requirements. Please bring a Photo ID with you to present during check-in for your program. 

3 hours (1 hour tour + 2 hour guided painting session with breaks)

Price (includes Aquarium admission):

Standard option: includes tour, guided painting session, and one glass of wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage.

General $95
Member $75

Premium option: includes tour, guided painting session, two glasses of wine, beer, or non-alcoholic beverage, and a snack board (assorted meats, cheeses, breads, dips, and fruit).

General $115
Member $95

Getting Ready for Your Tour

  • Wear comfortable shoes, as the tour portion of your program will involve some walking.
  • Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your tour. Check in at our staff entrance, just around the corner from the Aquarium’s main entrance across from the USS Torsk submarine.
  • Come early—your ticket is good for a full day of Aquarium exploration.
  • Please bring a photo ID to present during check-in. All participants must be 21+.
  • For discounted parking, use the Lockwood Place Garage at 124 Market Place or the LAZ Inner Harbor Garage at 100 South Gay Street. Bring your ticket to have it validated before leaving the Aquarium.
  • When booking your tour, please notify our Central Reservations specialists of any guests requiring special accommodations.

Additional Information

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable, including missed tours due to late arrivals. Should the National Aquarium cancel the program for any reason, guests will have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.

Call Ahead

To ensure that your tour hasn’t been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances such as animal health or inclement weather, please call 410-576-8822 on the day of your program for cancellation information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my tour go behind-the-scenes?

No. Since the Dive into Art—Paint & Sip Night program is focused on the Aquariums use of art in exhibit design, guest engagement and animal care, this program does not go behind the scenes. These components are best showcased by taking our guests on a guided tour of our most immersive exhibits to learn about the elements of design used to create these exhibits from the guests’ point of view.

How old do I have to be to go on this tour?

All guests participating in the Dive into Art-Paint & Sip Night experience must be at least 21 years of age, due to the presence of alcohol within the program. Aquarium staff will check guests’ photo ID’s at the start of the tour. Guests under 21 years of age will not be permitted to participate in the program. Guests who do not bring a photo ID indicating that they are over 21 years of age will not be able to participate.

Can my child participate without a parent or guardian?

No. This tour and guided painting activity are geared towards adults. All guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate. The Aquarium offers a variety of other program options that are suitable for younger guests.

Will I get to touch any animals?

This program is designed to focus on the art and design aspect of the National Aquarium and to give guests a unique opportunity to create a work of art themselves. We will see animals in the exhibits visited, but will not have the opportunity to interact with animals on this tour.

What should I wear?

The tour portion of this experience involves some walking, so comfortable shoes are recommended. Aprons will be provided during the guided painting session, but it is recommended that guests be aware that paint may end up on clothing when choosing their apparel for this experience.

Is admission included with my tour?

Yes! You’re free to explore the Aquarium during our regular hours before or after your tour. To enter the building, please use the Pier 3 Staff Entrance located directly across from the U.S.S. Torsk submarine. Please be aware that this program ends near closing time, so we recommend that guests tour the Aquarium prior to the program if they wish to see everything.

Will additional drinks & snacks be available for purchase?

Yes! Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase during the guided painting session. If you would like snacks to be taken care of when you arrive, consider booking our Premium option. This includes 2 complimentary drinks and a snack board with assorted meats, cheeses, fruits, breads, and dips which will be served to you during the guided painting session while you relax and create your masterpiece.

Do I need to be a talented painter?

No. The guided painting session is led by an expert instructor from The Painted Palette and is designed to be relaxing and fun. Guests with varying degrees of experience are welcome! If you have additional questions about the painting activity, feel free to contact The Painted Palette at 443-424-2278 or visit their webpage at

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