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Daily Schedule What's Happening?
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.
Featured Stories The Latest From the National Aquarium
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.
Events Join Us for An Aquarium Event
Get your hands dirty at a field conservation event, catch us in the community, check out an expert-led lecture, and more!
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.
Combat Climate Change
We work to combat climate change through a holistic, solutions-focused approach.
Save Wildlife and Habitats
Our staff and volunteers inspire audiences to maintain healthy ecosystems and restore critical habitat.
Stop Plastic Pollution
We seek to curb the negative impacts of plastic pollution on the health of people, wildlife and ecosystems.