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Aquarium Membership

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Aquarium Membership

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Aquarium Membership

The National Aquarium is a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization. We are deeply grateful to all our members, who support our mission to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.


Membership Benefits

  • FREE daily admission for one year
  • VIP Express entry through our Member Entrance
  • Discounted guest tickets
  • Discounted parking, tours and special experiences
  • FREE member-only events
  • 10 percent discount on all gift shop, café and photo purchases
  • FREE subscription to Watermarks, our member magazine
  • Memberships are tax deductible within guidelines of U.S. law

Membership Levels

Individual
$75 Full member benefits for one named adult JOIN NOW
Dual
$145 Full member benefits for two named adults, or one named adult and one guest per visit JOIN NOW
Family
Best Value!
$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 JOIN NOW
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 guests per visit JOIN NOW
Donor Society

$500+

Members who support the mission of the National Aquarium by making annual contributions above and beyond the cost of a standard membership JOIN NOW


Membership FAQ

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 desk if you've forgotten your card.

If your card(s) have been lost, replacements may be printed at the member desk, or you can email us at members@aqua.org.

Can I apply my Aquarium ticket purchase toward a membership?

Yes! Within 30 days of your purchase you can apply a portion of the cost of general admission tickets to a new membership for the ticket holders.


Level Maximum value applied from ticket purchase
Individual $39.95 (value of one adult general admission ticket)
Dual $79.90 (value of two adult general admission tickets)
Family $179.70 (value of two adult general admission tickets and four children's tickets)
Ocean Ambassador $229.60 (value of two adult general admission tickets and six children's tickets)


For tickets purchased online, contact us at 410-659-4230, Monday through Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

For tickets purchased onsite at the box office, you must have the original paper receipt for the tickets. Please mail us the receipt, along with a completed membership application form and a check for the balance, to:

National Aquarium, c/o Membership

501 East Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD 21202

Is my membership tax deductible?

Yes. The National Aquarium, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization (EIN 52-1121163). Your membership donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. For qualifying memberships you will receive an acknowledgement stating the value of any tangible benefits, including printed admission tickets, if they were received.

What are Member Evenings and how can I register to attend?

Member Evenings are special events where members and their guests can enjoy a relaxing crowd-free visit to the National Aquarium. These events are free to members; member guest tickets are $25 each. Learn more here.

Can my babysitter bring my children to the Aquarium?

Yes! When none of the adults named on the membership can attend, one sitter may accompany children covered by the membership free of charge. The sitter must possess your membership card, their photo ID, and a signed note from an adult member identifying the sitter and children attending.

*The sitter policy applies to Dual, Family, Ocean Ambassador and Patron-level memberships.

What is your membership cancellation/refund policy?

Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable. Membership cards are not transferable to anyone not covered by your membership, with the exception of our babysitter policy.

Who do I contact with questions about my membership?

Email us at members@aqua.org and we will be happy to respond by the next business day. You can also contact us by phone at 410-659-4230, Monday through Sunday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

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Exclusive Member Events

These free Aquarium touring events are exclusively for members and their guests.

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Gift of Membership

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The National Aquarium, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization (EIN 52-1121163). Memberships are tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.