As a nonprofit, the National Aquarium is deeply grateful to our members who provide vital support for our mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.
All memberships are immediately active upon purchase and valid for one year. For National Aquarium memberships, youths are ages 5-20. All children ages 4 and under are admitted free.
2 adults + up to 4 youths
2 adults + up to 6 youths + 2 guests
Digital membership cards for contactless entry
The National Aquarium is pleased to offer members and guests an array of quick-serve dining options for meals and snacks during your visit. For more information on in-building dining, check out our Plan Your Visit page. To receive your 10%-off member dining discount, show your membership card when ordering in person at any location or use the member discount code found on your digital membership card and in your Membership Welcome email when ordering ahead online.
Make the most of your membership by taking advantage of your 20% discount on all tours and experiences! You'll see the National Aquarium in a whole new way.
The National Aquarium's official bi-annual member magazine gives readers a look behind the scenes at the animals, experts and programs that power the Aquarium's mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.
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.
Members receive a 25% discount at the Aquarium's three partner garages. Please note that we are unable to provide this discount to parking reserved in advance online. To receive the member parking discount, please follow these steps.
For assistance with payment, visit the attendant's office located on the first floor of each garage.
Yes! Within 30 days of your visit, you can apply a portion of your ticket purchase to a new membership.
Step 1: Hold on to your tickets or purchase receipt.
Step 2: Activate your membership by contacting our Membership department at 410-659-4230 from 9 am to 4:30 pm seven days a week, or by visiting the will call window on Pier 3 when the Aquarium is open.
You may apply up to the following values for each membership level:
Ocean Ambassador: $229.65
**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. Your membership balance is due at the time of activation.
Yes. Visit Member Services to join, renew, or upgrade your membership.
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.
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.
If you recently joined or renewed your membership, check your email for a message with instructions and a link to download your digital membership card. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request your digital card. If you are a renewing member with an existing digital membership card downloaded after June 16, 2022, your card is still current and you do not need to download a new one.
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.
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.
Members may purchase discounted guest admission tickets online; print-at-home vouchers for these tickets can be redeemed at Member Services on the day your party visits. Members may also purchase discounted guest admission tickets in-person at Member Services or by phone at 410-659-4230. Guests may use these tickets to enter through the Member Entrance without a member present. All tickets expire one year from purchase.
Effective January 10, 2023, for National Aquarium memberships, adults are ages 21 and over, and youths are ages 5-20. All children ages 4 and under are admitted free. Active memberships purchased before January 10, 2023, will not be subject to this age adjustment until the membership is up for renewal.
Yes! Youths 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 guests covered by the membership and all youths under the age of 16.
Yes! When none of the adults named on the membership can attend, one caregiver may accompany children and youths covered by the membership free of charge. The caregiver must possess the member's valid membership card to enter.
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.