Support Our Mission


The National Aquarium is a nonprofit organization that connects people with nature to inspire compassion and care for our ocean planet. Your donation is an investment in this mission—you're caring for animals at the Aquarium, rehabilitating rescued seals and sea turtles, supporting conservation action and advocacy, educating students, and so much more. Thank you for joining us to create a global community of hopeful conservationists, united to restore our planet.

Ways to Support

Individual Individual Donations

Corporate Corporate Partnership

Membership Individual Membership

1981 Legacy Circle Gift Planning

Gifting Securities Donate Stocks

Reoccurring Become a Monthly Donor

Are you a federal employee? You have the opportunity to give to the National Aquarium through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Use the National Aquarium Center CFC number 11251.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. If your company has a matching gift program, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. Or, complete the matching gift form your company provides online. Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

Why Donate? The Impact of Donation

$25 - Purchases 30 wetland grasses that will be planted at habitat restoration events.

$50 - Enables two Maryland students to visit the National Aquarium on a field trip free of charge.

$100 - Supplies four days’ worth of fresh food to feed the sharks, rays and other residents of Blacktip Reef.

The Impact of Our Mission

Your support benefits people, animals and the planet. Read our latest Impact Report to learn about how donors like you help the National Aquarium connect people with nature to inspire compassion and care for our ocean planet.

Our Future BLUEprint

Advancing this vision means evolving what we do and how we do it to effectively engage and inspire the next generation of conservationists. Our work begins within our walls as we inspire millions of guests each year to conserve and care for Earth's aquatic treasures. Beyond the National Aquarium itself, we are finding compelling new ways to share our conservation mission with as many people as possible.

Animal Care and Rescue Center

An innovative, world-class home for Aquarium animals and some of our rescue operations.

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Dolphin Sanctuary

A new option for human care of dolphins and a first in North America.

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Harbor Wetland presented by CFG Bank

A free, outdoor exhibit opening in 2024.

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Donor Society Give More, Get More

With a contribution of $500+ you can become a member of our Donor Society, enjoying benefits such as extra guest passes, access to donor events and annual tours.