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Natural wonders. Transforming experiences. A city renewed. A community connected to portals of unexplored aquatic wonders—eye-opening encounters that touch Maryland youth and families every day.

For three decades, the National Aquarium has been a symbol of urban renewal, an economic anchor for the region and a source of pride for Marylanders. The vision for creating this world-class facility began with the citizens of Baltimore—our most loyal supporters. For this reason, our local commitment runs deep.

Our mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures comes to life everyday within our Aquarium walls and beyond: in Maryland schools, in local neighborhoods, and on the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay.

Since we opened our doors, the Aquarium has hosted millions of Maryland students and teachers free of charge. Local youth dive into the Aquarium's summer jobs, college internships, and scholarship programs. And hundreds of local residents serve as the volunteers that guide and educate more than 1.8 million visitors to the Aquarium annually, and join in our hands-on efforts to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

To celebrate our local roots and to give back to the community that has given us so much, the Aquarium is proud to host a number of programs that allow locals to visit their Aquarium for less: 

  • Fridays After Five has been a cornerstone of the National Aquarium for decades in the fall and winter as college students visit for the first time, families from around the Baltimore region come back to see what’s new and couples on first dates share a romantic stroll through the world’s aquatic treasures. Visitors pay a discounted rate on Friday evenings between September and March. 
  • Maryland Mornings provides Maryland residents with $10 off for adults and $5 off for children from September through February, Sunday through Friday, with entrance before noon – all with just a valid proof of state residency.
  • Annual Dollar Days (the first weekend of December) provide access to our more than 17,000 animals for – you guessed it – $1.

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