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Natural wonders. Transforming experiences. A city renewed. A community connected to portals of unexplored aquatic wonders—eye-opening encounters that touch Maryland youth and families every day.

For three decades, the National Aquarium has been a symbol of urban renewal, an economic anchor for the region and a source of pride for Marylanders. The vision for creating this world-class facility began with the citizens of Baltimore—our most loyal supporters. For this reason, our local commitment runs deep.

Our mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures comes to life everyday within our Aquarium walls and beyond: in Maryland schools, in local neighborhoods, and on the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay.

Since we opened our doors, the Aquarium has hosted millions of Maryland students and teachers free of charge. Local youth dive into the Aquarium's summer jobs, college internships, and scholarship programs. And hundreds of local residents serve as the volunteers that guide and educate more than 1.8 million visitors to the Aquarium annually, and join in our hands-on efforts to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

To celebrate our local roots and to give back to the community that has given us so much, the Aquarium is proud to host a number of programs that allow locals to visit their Aquarium for less: 

Fridays After Five

Friday night is your night! A long time part of the National Aquarium experience, a visit to the National Aquarium on Friday nights after 5 pm at a special price will now be year-round. Tickets are $12 and are available at aqua.org or Friday evenings on-site.

Maryland Mornings

Show your state pride! From September to February, Maryland residents can visit the Aquarium from Sunday to Friday before noon and receive a special residents-only rate. That’s $10 off for adults and $5 off for seniors/children. Simply reference Maryland Mornings at the ticket window and show proof of residency to receive the special pricing. Tickets must be purchased on-site.

Pay What You Want Day

New for 2015, the National Aquarium is introducing a Pay What You Want Day, available to Maryland residents. On January 11, guests can choose their admission price, which will go to support National Aquarium Animal Rescue, harbor rehabilitation projects and youth education programs. Tickets will be available on-site only.

Dollar Days

On December 6 and 7, the National Aquarium joins our downtown neighbors in offering admission for just $1. Tickets can only be purchased on-site the day of your visit.

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