Guests planning to take advantage of Dollar Days should be aware that crowds will be heavier than usual and the Aquarium is expected to sell out. Official capacity information will be listed here all weekend.VIEW EVENT DETAILSabout Dollar Days

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It's Your Aquarium

The National Aquarium introduces new ways to visit 20,000 of your favorite neighbors. With year-round Half-Price Friday Nights and a new Pay What You Want Day added to our popular Dollar Days and Maryland Mornings, the National Aquarium welcomes you—with more opportunities than ever before—to stop by and say hello!

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)

Read to Reef

The National Aquarium and the Enoch Pratt Free Library system are connecting Baltimore youth’s love of reading to the aquatic world with Read to Reef, a book club for kids in fifth grade and younger. In exchange for reading five or more aquatic- or conservation-themed books, Pratt Library cardholders have the opportunity to earn up to four tickets to the National Aquarium, while supplies last. This fall, visit a Pratt Library branch throughout the month of October 2016 to receive a Read to Reef bookmark and dive into reading. Visit our Read to Reef page to learn more about the program.


Pay What You Want Day

On Pay What You Want Day, guests may choose their admission price to access nearly 20,000 animals in our award-winning exhibits. Pay What You Want Day, made possible by the generous support of T. Rowe Price, our official community engagement sponsor, is part of the National Aquarium’s continuing effort to encourage Marylanders to reconnect with the world’s aquatic treasures and become inspired to protect the Chesapeake Bay and all aquatic habitats.

The last Pay What You Want Day of 2016 took place on November 6. Stay tuned for updates and announcements about upcoming 2017 Pay What You Want Days.

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Dollar Days

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

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