Beginning January 25, guests ages 12 and older must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to enter the Aquarium.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Aquarium responding to COVID-19?

We've made some essential changes to the Aquarium experience to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, guests and animals. As this is an evolving situation, we ask that you visit our COVID-19 response page to stay up-to-date on our current protocols and procedures regarding COVID-19.

What is the Aquarium's vaccine policy?

Beginning on January 25, all guests ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to being granted entry into the Aquarium.* Any vaccine that has been approved by the World Health Organization will be accepted under this policy, including Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson. Full vaccination means guests have received a full dosage of an approved vaccine at least 14 days prior to the date of scheduled visitation to the Aquarium.

Acceptable forms of vaccine records include: the original, copy or digital photo of the CDC vaccination card or similar document from another state, local, or foreign government or one of these forms of digital vaccine card.

* If guests claim a medical or religious exemption for vaccination, we will accept a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours. Accepted tests can be either lab-run polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or rapid antigen tests. At-home tests will NOT be accepted at this time.

Do you allow strollers?

For the comfort and safety of all guests, the Aquarium cannot accommodate strollers. We offer a stroller check area where you are able to self-park your stroller.

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.

Do you donate tickets?

Yes! We support our fellow nonprofits by donating to fundraising efforts and/or providing tickets that their constituents may use to visit the Aquarium. Learn more and submit a request on our Community page. We also offer many affordable opportunities to visit, but do not make donations directly to individuals or individual families.

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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