Tickets & Hours

We are a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire conservation
of the world’s aquatic treasures.

Your admissions purchase supports vital conservation and education programs and includes access to more than 17,000 animals and award-winning exhibits, such as Blacktip Reef, Dolphin Discovery, Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes and more.

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Tours Available

Veterinary Experience Tour

May 1, 2015

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Put on your very own surgical cap and mask and dive in to this behind-scenes-tour led by one of our staff veterinarians.

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Shark Sleepover Tour

May 1, 2015

5:30 pm - 9:00 am

Sharks will be lurking close by as you attempt to sleep through the night!

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Insider's Tour

May 2, 2015

8:30 am - 11:00 am

Get a head start with a guided tour before the building opens!

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Member Events and Pricing

Member Area

Hours

Visitors may tour the Aquarium up to 90 minutes after the last entry.

April Hours

  • Mon–Thu 9 am–5 pm
  • Fri 9 am–8 pm
  • Sat 9 am–6 pm
  • Sun 9 am–5 pm

Visitor Tips

By buying online, you skip the line!

No ticket fees, ever.

For your best experience, visit before 11 am or after 3 pm.

A Recent Visitor Says

“Fantastic for visitors and kids of all ages!”

Reviewed February 18, 2015

I am so proud that we have the most amazing aquarium that I have ever visited. It's phenomenal for tourists or a weekend with the kids. The only downfall is that the price is a bit steep, but they have enormous overhead. One of my favorite features is the rain forest, but be careful walking under the birds flying around!

Visited September 2014
Source: TripAdvisor user "CantonKaren"

A Membership that Matters

Blacktip Reef Shark

Membership to the National Aquarium helps to fund conservation initiatives, research projects and education programs.

In addition to helping us to protect and preserve this blue planet, you will also receive unlimited access to the Aquarium and other great benefits.

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