Membership

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.

Member Reservations Update

As of June 15, 2021, members no longer need timed entry reservations. When you arrive, head to the Member Entrance to start your visit with priority entry. Your safety and enjoyment continue to be our top priority; please review our most recent guidelines before each visit so you know what to expect.

Membership Levels

For National Aquarium memberships, children are considered ages 3-21. All children age 2 and under are admitted free.

Level Individual

1 adult

Level Dual

2 adults

Level Family

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

Priority entry through the Member Entrance

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

Members may purchase discounted guest admission tickets or reserve tours and experiences online, or by calling 410-659-4230 from 9 am to 4:30 pm, seven days a week.

Know before you go:

Make the most of your membership and take advantage of your benefits every time you visit!

Health and Safety Updates

Your safety and enjoyment continue to be our top priority. Review our recently updated health and safety protocols before your next visit so you know what to expect.

Member Parking

Members receive a 25% discount at either of the Aquarium's two 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.

  1. Enter the garage, take a ticket and bring the ticket with you into the Aquarium.
  2. Get your parking ticket validated at the Aquarium's main exit.
  3. Take the validated ticket to the parking garage lobby and use the pay stations to pay your discounted parking fee before returning to your vehicle.

For assistance with payment, visit the attendant's office located on the first floor of each garage.

Member Entry

** As of June 15, 2021, members no longer need timed entry reservations. When you arrive, head to the Member Entrance to start your visit with priority entry.

Remember to bring your printed membership card or download your digital membership card on a mobile device for easy, touch-free Aquarium access. You can download your digital membership card from your welcome email or contact us to get a new link.

Member Discounts

Members enjoy discounts throughout the Aquarium including a 10% discount on all dining, gift shop and photo purchases. Show your member card at checkout to receive your discount.

Members receive a 20% discount on all tours and experiences and general admission guest tickets. Purchases can be made online or by calling 410-659-4230 from 9 am to 4:30 pm, seven days a week.

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.

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.

Membership FAQs

Have a question about membership? We've answered our most frequently asked questions.

Can I upgrade my Aquarium ticket purchase to membership?

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:

Individual: One adult admission ticket (maximum of $39.95)
Dual: Two adult admission tickets (maximum of $79.90)
Family: Two adult admission tickets plus three children's tickets (maximum of $169.75)
Ocean Ambassador: Two adult admission tickets plus five children's tickets (maximum of $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.

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 (members@aqua.org) 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.

What is the age range for children covered by my membership?

For all National Aquarium memberships, children are considered ages 3-21. All children age 2 and under are admitted free.

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.

Can guests covered by my membership visit without a primary membership holder?

An adult named on the membership must accompany all guests covered by the membership and all children under the age of 16.

Can my caregiver bring my children to the Aquarium?

Yes! When none of the adults named on the membership can attend, one caregiver may accompany children covered by the membership free of charge. The caregiver must possess the member's valid membership card to enter.