An Unforgettable Way to Visit Tours & Experiences

Explore behind the scenes and get up close with our amazing animals.

Daily Schedule What's Happening?

Shark: A 4D Experience®

4D Theater
Additional Fee 216 Spots Left

4D Film: Being Dolphin

4D Theater
Additional Fee 216 Spots Left

Octopus: Blue Planet II 4D Experience®

4D Theater
Additional Fee 221 Spots Left

Shark Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Shark Alley
Additional Fee 2 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.

Learn More

Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)

Blacktip Reef Shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus)

Harlequin Tuskfish (Choerodon fasciatus)

Featured Stories The Latest From the National Aquarium

Animals Mistaken Identities: Frogs vs. Toads

Conservation Earth, Wind and Fire ... and Water

Multimedia Wallpaper Wednesdays: Terrapins

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.

View Full Series

Latest in this series:

Director of Community Partnership Strategy Jenny Hamilton at Fairwood Forest

Director of Field Conservation Charmaine Dahlenburg at Patterson Park

VP of Conservation Programs Laura Bankey at Assateague Island National Seashore

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.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter Sign up to receive updates on animals, news and events.