In response to COVID-19, we’ve made some essential changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
For everyone's safety, we are requiring all visitors, including members, to reserve entry times in advance. Click below to reserve a timed entry using your member ID. Before your visit, please review our updated protocols and procedures in response to COVID-19.
2 adults + up to 4 children
Level Ocean Ambassador
2 adults + up to 6 children + 2 guests
Members enjoy these valuable benefits:
Free unlimited admission for one year
Free members-only events throughout the year
25% discount on parking at official partner garages
20% discount on guest tickets
20% discount on tours and experiences
10% discount on gift shop, cafe and photo purchases
Free subscription to Watermarks, our member magazine
Tax deduction within guidelines of U.S. law
Know before you go:
Make the most of your membership and take advantage of your benefits every time you visit!
Recent Essential Changes
Review the essential changes we've made in response to COVID-19 so you know what to expect when you visit—and don't forget your mask!
Streamline Your Entry
Download your digital membership card on a mobile device for easy, touch-free Aquarium access. You can find the link in your welcome email or contact us to get a new link.
Use our online reservation system to conveniently choose the day and time of your visit up to 10 days in advance. Make your reservation in advance to help ensure the best availability. For the best experience, we recommend visiting Monday through Thursday during the day or weekend mornings right after we open, which tend to be less crowded.
Parking & Dining Discounts
Park at one of our two partner garages to take advantage of your 25% member discount. Keep your ticket with you and have it validated as you leave the Aquarium. Use your 10% discount on our grab-and-go food and beverage options while our dine-in cafes are temporarily closed. Whether you purchase something at the Aquarium or a nearby restaurant or bring food with you, we have plenty of tables and benches available right outside. Please note that no food or drinks are allowed to be brought inside the Aquarium, with the exception of water bottles, which can be refilled at touch-free water filling stations throughout our buildings.
Donor Society Give More, Get More
Donate $500 or more to become part of the National Aquarium Donor Society, a special group of patrons who receive exclusive Aquarium access and benefits.
Events Exclusive Member Events
Membership is your ticket to exclusive events and experiences that give you more access to the National Aquarium.
Your Membership Matters The Impact of Member Support
The National Aquarium is a nonprofit organization changing the way humanity cares for our ocean planet. We are proud of what we accomplish to benefit people, animals and the planet—thanks to support from our members.
Have a question about membership? We've answered our most frequently asked questions.
Can I upgrade my Aquarium ticket purchase to a new membership?
Yes! Within 60 days of your purchase, you can apply a portion of the cost of your general admission tickets to a new membership.
Step 1: Hold on to your tickets and purchase receipt.
Step 2: Contact our membership department at 410-659-4230 to activate your membership or visit the will-call window located behind the ticketing center on Pier 3.
Offer applies to new membership purchases only. Ticket purchases from multiple visits cannot be combined, and the cost of 4D movies and tours may not be deducted from the price of membership. Membership balance is due at the time of activation.
Individual: One adult general admission ticket (maximum value of $39.95)
Dual: Two adult general admission tickets (maximum value of $79.90)
Family: Two adult general admission tickets, three children's tickets (maximum value of $169.75)
Ocean Ambassador: Two adult general admission tickets, five children's tickets (maximum value of $229.65)
Can I purchase a membership onsite at the Aquarium?
Yes. Visit Member Services to join, renew, or upgrade your membership.
Is my membership tax deductible?
Yes. The National Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization (EIN 52-1121163). Your membership donation is tax deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.
What is your membership cancellation/refund policy?
Memberships are considered donations and are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Membership cards are not transferable to anyone not covered by your membership, except for a babysitter who can accompany children covered by the membership free of charge.
How do I add my digital membership card to my Apple or Android device?
If you recently joined or renewed your membership, check your email for a welcome message containing a link to download your digital membership card. You can also contact the membership department (email@example.com) to request your digital card.
How many membership cards will I receive?
One membership card will be issued for each adult named on the membership. Children will not receive membership cards unless they are 16 or older and named as a primary membership holder.
Can I visit if I don't have my membership card?
Yes! Membership cards are requested to speed entry, but a valid photo ID can also be presented at the Member Entrance if you haven't downloaded your digital card or/or don't have your non-digital card. Replacement cards can be printed at Member Services.
How do I purchase tickets for people not covered by my membership?
Members may purchase discounted guest admission tickets online, at Member Services or by calling 410-659-4230. Tickets will be mailed to your home within 7-10 business days or may be left at Member Services for pickup with 24 hours' notice. Guests may pick up these tickets and enter through the Member Entrance without a member present. Valid photo ID is required. These tickets expire one year from purchase.
Can my child who is covered by the membership visit without one of the named adult members?
Yes! Children covered by the membership can visit without an adult if they are at least 16 and if they bring the membership card and a valid photo ID. An adult named on the membership must accompany all children under the age of 16.
Can my babysitter bring my children to the Aquarium?
Yes! When none of the adults named on the membership can attend, one sitter may accompany children covered by the membership free of charge. The sitter must possess your membership card, their photo ID and a signed note from an adult member identifying the sitter and children attending.