The Aquarium is currently open to the public. In response to COVID-19, we’ve made some essential changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Aquarium responding to COVID-19?

In preparation for our reopening on July 1, we’ve made some essential changes to the Aquarium experience to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, guests and animals. Key modifications include significantly limiting in-building capacity at all times, advance reservations for all timed ticket entries, frequent cleaning of high-traffic areas throughout our campus and use of face coverings by both staff and guests.

Learn more about our updated protocols and procedures in response to COVID-19.

How is my membership being affected by COVID-19?

We know members are wondering when the National Aquarium will reopen and if memberships will be extended. We are currently making the necessary preparations to reopen our doors and welcome you back, once it is deemed safe to do so. Every aspect of the Aquarium experience is being taken into consideration to keep our guests, staff, volunteers and animals healthy and safe. Once we reopen, your membership benefits will be extended. We will send you an email confirming your membership extension that will be applied once the Aquarium can safely reopen to the public.

Do you allow strollers?

For the comfort and safety of all guests, the Aquarium cannot accommodate strollers.

Where can I find the photos taken of me during my visit?

Visit Magic Memories and enter the number on the back of your PhotoCard to see your photos, order prints and share online. If you lost your PhotoCard number, fill out this Magic Memories support form.

Do you offer a special rate for AAA members?

Yes! We offer special ticket pricing for AAA members who purchase tickets through AAA. Contact your local AAA office to learn more.

Do you have wheelchairs to rent?

Guests may borrow wheelchairs, free of charge, with the deposit of a driver's license. These manual wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis for use inside the Aquarium only.

Can I bring food into the Aquarium?

Food and beverages obtained outside the Aquarium are not allowed inside Aquarium buildings; however, there are picnic tables and benches outside the Aquarium if you choose to bring your own food. Touch-free water bottle refill stations are available for use throughout our campus. Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bottles. Guests with food allergy concerns can contact us at 410-576-8745.

What happens if I am running late for my entry time printed on my ticket?

If you're running a few minutes late, you may still enter the building after the entry time printed on your ticket, depending on capacity and queue for entry.

Are tickets refundable?

All admission purchases are nontransferable and nonrefundable.

Is the National Aquarium a government entity?

No. The National Aquarium is neither managed nor funded by the federal government. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by our guests and the generosity of donors, members and volunteers.

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