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In 1981, the National Aquarium was founded as a cornerstone of Baltimore’s newly-revitalized Inner Harbor. What began as a visitor attraction with a budding conservation program has evolved over time into a national ocean conservation organization that stewards a world-class aquarium.

Our work begins within our own facilities as we inspire millions of guests each year to conserve and care for Earth’s aquatic treasures. However, our work must live beyond our own four walls. We must find compelling new ways to share our conservation messages and inspire more than learning; knowledge is merely the first step in a long journey.

By developing an aquarium of the 21st century—one that showcases habitat-based exhibits, emerging tech and memorable experiences—we hope to inspire the next generation of conservationists to protect our natural world.

With the invaluable support of Studio Gang, a world-renowned architecture and design house, and IMPACTS Research and Development, a cutting-edge market analytics firm, we began a process of deep inquiry into the future of aquariums. Together, we developed a strategic vision that will ensure the long-term impact and relevance of the National Aquarium.

Talk to our team and learn how you can make a difference.


This is our BLUEprint. Join us.

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Animal Care and Rescue Center

The Animal Care and Rescue Center embodies our commitment to our city, its people and its future.

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Dolphin Sanctuary

By establishing North America’s first dolphin sanctuary, we’re creating a new option for these intelligent marine mammals to thrive under human care.

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Waterfront Campus

Our Waterfront Campus will reintroduce celebrated Chesapeake Bay biodiversity into the Inner Harbor.

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