Living Our Mission in Maryland

Since its opening in 1981, the National Aquarium has been a gem in the very heart of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and generations of Maryland families have walked through our doors and shared in the wonders of the undersea world. Our mission, to inspire the conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, has motivated thousands of Marylanders to appreciate and protect the delicate habitats in their own backyards.

I am immensely proud of the work we do right here in Maryland; from restoring the magnificent wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay to educating more than 100,000 Maryland school children a year, both here at the Aquarium and in the classroom. The Aquarium’s conservation and education programs, coupled with the many affordable-access programs offered to Maryland residents, ensure that nearly 400,000 Marylanders are able to visit the Aquarium each year. We are truly living our mission in Maryland—for the benefit of its children, families, animals, and wetlands—ensuring that our aquatic habitats remain healthy and strong for generations to come.

John C. Racanelli
Chief Executive Officer