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


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Early Access Tour

Atlantic Coral Reef
Additional Fee 12 Spots Left

Tots and Tales

Harbor Overlook

Shark: A 4D Experience®

4D Theater
Additional Fee 223 Spots Left

4D Film: Being Dolphin

4D Theater
Additional Fee 223 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

Multimedia Hooked on Lined Seahorses

News Weathering the Storm

Multimedia Embarking on an Epic Voyage

Dive Deeper: Featured Series

Series Aquarium Inside Out

Join National Aquarium experts as they visit local places to teach us about the animals and plants found there in this multimedia story series.

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Latest in this series:

Director of Field Conservation Charmaine Dahlenburg at Patterson Park

VP of Conservation Programs Laura Bankey at Assateague Island National Seashore

Director of Equity and Community Engagement Curtis Bennett at Patuxent River Park

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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