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Review the National Aquarium's most up-to-date health and safety information.

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Early Access Tour

Atlantic Coral Reef
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Animal Encounter

Harbor Overlook

Shark: A 4D Experience®

4D Theater
Additional Fee 225 Spots Left

Shark Talk

Blacktip Reef

Featured Animals Thousands of animals. Hundreds of 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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Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia)

Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)

Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus)

Featured Stories The Latest From the National Aquarium

Animals Manatee Awareness Month

Multimedia Director of Equity and Community Engagement Curtis Bennett at Patuxent River Par...

Conservation COP26: It's Time to Turn the Tide

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

Site Selection Update: Climate Change

Animal Health Q&A: Dolphin Care

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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