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Membership to the National Aquarium directly supports conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures by helping to fund the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives, research projects and education programs.

As a nonprofit organization, the National Aquarium restores habitats and preserves species in the Chesapeake Bay and around the world—with support from our members. In addition to helping us protect and preserve this blue planet, you will also join our family, receiving unlimited access to the Aquarium and other great benefits.

Benefits of a National Aquarium Membership

  • Unlimited daily admission for one year. A great value! Enjoy more than 17,000 animals in award-winning habitats.
  • Immediate entry after check-in at member entrance
  • Member-exclusive discounts 
  • Invitations to free member-only events
  • Discounts on programs and events
  • Watermarks magazine
  • Ability to purchase advance tickets for friends and family
  • Memberships are fully or partially tax-deductible
  • Plus, your membership helps the Aquarium inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.

Please order before Thursday, December 18th in order to receive membership materials before December 24th. All memberships are active immediately upon purchase.


Full membership privileges for one person.


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Full membership privileges for two people.


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Includes two adults and up to four children or grandchildren (ages 3 - 21) named on the membership.


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Family Circle

Includes two adults and up to six children or grandchildren (ages 3 - 21) named on the membership.
+ Two guests per visit


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For additional memberships that include a donation above and beyond these levels, visit our patron-level membership page.

* One-time-use tickets for Dolphin Club and other donor levels will be mailed with your membership cards. For immediate use of one-time-use tickets, membership should be purchased at the Aquarium.*

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...When we took our daughter there for the first time… she kept signing, 'more, more, more.' We have been members ever since that visit. Awesome place.

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