In the Community

Serving The Community 

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 every day 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: 

Half-Price Friday Nights

Friday is your night! Get 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 Fridays 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-plus animal residents. Tickets are available online or Friday evenings on-site.

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Maryland Mornings

Show your state pride! From September 6, 2016 to February 28, 2017, Maryland residents can visit the Aquarium from Sunday to Friday before noon and receive a special residents-only rate. That’s $10 off adult tickets and $5 off children tickets.

Under Maryland Mornings, Senior/Military guests will be eligible for the same special price as adult guests. 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

  • Black Friday (November 25)
  • Sunday of Dollar Days (December 4)
  • Holiday dates (December 26-30)
  • Sunday and Monday of MLK weekend (January 15-16)
  • Sunday and Monday of President’s Day (February 19-20)

2015 Pay What You Want Day

The National Aquarium is proud to offer its second-ever Pay What You Want Day, made possible with the generous support of T. Rowe Price. On November 1, 2015, guests can choose their admission price to access nearly 20,000 animals in our award-winning exhibits. Pay What You Want Day is part of the National Aquarium’s continuing effort to encourage Marylanders to reconnect with the world’s aquatic treasures and commit to protecting the Chesapeake and all aquatic habitats. Add a 4-D Immersion Film for $5.

Dollar Days

The National Aquarium joins our downtown neighbors in offering admission for just $1 on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4. Tickets can only be purchased on-site the day of your visit.

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