The Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit is temporarily closed through Fall 2022.


Online Gift Shop Exclusive Aquarium Apparel & Gifts

Our new online gift shop has exclusive branded apparel and gifts for the National Aquarium fans in your life! Proceeds from your gift shop purchases help to support our conservation work!

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4D Film: Being Dolphin

4D Theater
Additional Fee 215 Spots Left

Octopus: Blue Planet II 4D Experience®

4D Theater
Additional Fee 225 Spots Left

Shark: A 4D Experience®

4D Theater
Additional Fee 221 Spots Left

Early Access Tour

Atlantic Coral Reef
Additional Fee 10 Spots Left

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

Conservation The Importance of Ecosystem Engineers

Animals Seal Stranding 101

Animals A Fresh New Spot for Baltimore Turtles to Soak Up Some Sun

Dive Deeper: Featured Series

Series Rescue to Release

Experience the journey of a cold-stunned sea turtle—from their rescue on the beaches of Cape Cod to rehabilitation at the National Aquarium to their eventual release to their ocean home.

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Latest in this series:

Rescue to Release, Part 4

Rescue to Release, Part 3

Rescue to Release, Part 2

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 our buildings as we work toward achieving net-zero emissions by 2035. Outside of our walls, we protect and enhance nature through education, habitat restoration, animal rescue, sustainable practices and advocacy.

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