National Aquarium Membership

A Membership that Matters


Membership to the National Aquarium directly supports conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures by helping to fund the Aquarium’s conservation initiatives, research projects and education programs.

As a nonprofit organization, the National Aquarium restores habitats and preserves species in the Chesapeake Bay and around the world—with support from our members. In addition to helping us protect and preserve this blue planet, you will also join our family, receiving unlimited access to the Aquarium and other great benefits.

Special Tours and Programs

Shark! Behind the Scenes Tour

April 29, 2017

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Get comfortably close to these predators of the deep.

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Animal Care Experience

April 29, 2017

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Put on your very own surgical cap and mask and dive in to this behind-scenes-tour led by one of our staff veterinarians.

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Backyard Explorer

April 30, 2017

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Grab your binoculars and join a National Aquarium naturalist on a journey to discover the sights and sounds of the animal world!

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Membership Levels and Benefits

Individual $75

Full membership benefits for one person.

Dual $145

Full member benefits for two named adults or one named adult and one guest per visit

Family $195

Full member benefits for two named adults, or one named adult and one guest per visit, plus up to four children (ages 3-21) per visit.

Ocean Ambassador $250

Full member benefits for two named adults or one named adult and one guest per visit, up to six children (ages 3-21) and two guest passes per visit

For additional memberships that include a donation above and beyond these levels, view our donor society memberships.

Benefits of a National Aquarium Membership:

  • Unlimited daily admission for one year
  • Immediate entry after check-in at member entrance
  • Free member-only events and discounts on programs and events
  • Watermarks magazine
  • 10% off food and drinks in any of the Aquarium’s cafes
  • 10% off onsite purchases from our photo partner, SharpShooters
  • 10% off purchases at the National Aquarium gift shops
  • Purchase discounted tickets for family and friends
  • Fully or partially tax-deductible

Watermarks Magazine

Our member magazine is filled with features on our blue planet, behind-the-scenes information and the latest on our conservation efforts.

View the Latest Issue