The Aquarium is currently open to the public. In response to COVID-19, we’ve made some essential changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.


Caring For the Ocean, and You We're Open!

In response to COVID-19, the National Aquarium has made some essential changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Hours of Operation December Hours at the Aquarium

Guests may tour up to 90 minutes after the last entry time.

10 am - 4 pm
10 am - 8 pm
9 am - 5 pm
December 21-23
9 am - 4 pm
December 24
9 am - 2 pm
December 25
December 26
9 am - 6 pm
December 27-28
9 am - 5 pm
December 29-30
9 am - 6 pm
December 31
9 am - 5 pm

Featured Animals 20,000 Animals. 800 Species. One Aquarium.

Learn about animals from all over our blue planet—from the depths of the ocean to the canopy of the rain forest—and discover the connection they all share with water.

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Atlantic puffins have a distinctive large, triangular red-orange bill with a blue-gray base and yellow ridge.

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Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia)

Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)

Dive Deeper: Featured Series

Series Dolphin Sanctuary

Through the creation of North America’s first dolphin sanctuary, the National Aquarium is introducing a new option for human care of dolphins. Learn more about our journey so far.

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Latest in this series:

Building the Dolphins' Resiliency

Expert Q&A on Dolphin Care

Site Selection Update: Climate Change

Conservation Driving Conservation Action for the Benefit of People, Animals and the Planet

The National Aquarium’s mission—to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures—begins within the walls of our buildings, but it does not end there. We protect, enhance and restore natural resources through education, habitat restoration, animal rescue and sustainable business practices.

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