National Aquarium Gives Back to Marylanders


As part of its continuing effort to ensure that all Marylanders have access to one of the regions greatest jewels, National Aquarium, Baltimore has announced the launch of Maryland Mornings, in which Maryland residents receive $8 off adult general admission tickets and $4 off child general admission tickets Sunday through Friday, before noon. The program, in partnership with Governor Martin O’Malley, is available to Marylanders now through February, and tickets can be purchased on-site at the National Aquarium, Baltimore ticket office.

"Maryland Mornings is a great way for Marylanders to get out and enjoy the sights at National Aquarium," said Governor O'Malley. "We hope that every family will visit and take advantage of this opportunity to learn about our Bay and aquatic life, as well as share in one of our State's great treasures."

National Aquarium’s mission is to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, and its home state of Maryland is a key part of this global pledge. The Aquarium has various Chesapeake Bay conservation initiatives, educational opportunities for Maryland students and accessibility programs and promotions.

“Maryland Mornings is one of the ways for us to show our appreciation to our fellow community members. National Aquarium may have a reach that spans across the country and world, but our roots are in Maryland and many of our conservation and education efforts are based here,” said John Racanelli, National Aquarium CEO. “This initiative was one of the first things on my agenda after joining the Aquarium and I’m excited to see it come to fruition.”

Maryland Mornings is just one of several initiatives as part of National Aquarium’s commitment to providing the community with discounted opportunities to explore and learn about the aquatic world. Other discount programs include Dollar Days and Fridays After Five.

Maryland Mornings is available Sundays through Fridays before noon and is not valid on Saturdays. Maryland Mornings is not available on: Black Friday (November 23, 2012), the week of Christmas (December 23-31, 2012), Dollar Days (December 8-9, 2012), MLKJR Weekend (January 20-21, 2013), President’s Day Weekend (February 7-18, 2013). Other blackout dates may be added.

To learn more about special National Aquarium programs for Marylanders, visit


Maryland Flag

Both Within and Beyond Our Walls

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.

Maryland Statistics

Each year the National Aquarium has an overall economic impact of $314 million.

  • Employs 590 full and part time employees
  • Attracts 1.4 million visitors annually
  • Engages 850 volunteers, contributing 119,000 hours annually

Conservation Numbers

  • Each year, the National Aquarium mobilizes over 3500 conservation volunteers
  • Diverts 136,000 pounds of Aquarium waste from landfills through internal conservation efforts
  • Plants 132,000 native plants, grasses, and trees in the Chesapeake Bay watershed
  • Remove 35,000 pieces of debris from area wetlands and parks

Education Numbers

  • Over 60,000 Maryland students visit annually from all 23 counties and Baltimore City
  • Engages over 600 Maryland teachers in workshops
  • Over 3,500 Maryland students participate in National Aquarium classroom programs at their schools

Community Numbers

  • The Aquarium donates 1,000 tickets annually to community organizations
  • Over 1,400 students and family members enter for free with their "A" report cards on "Grade A Student Nights" annually
  • 13,500 people toured the National Aquarium for just $1 during the annual Dollar Days promotion
  • 50,000 people enjoy Baltimore’s Fridays after Five promotion each year

National Aquarium - Cultural Series

Engaging Our Community

Diversity in Nature and in Our Community

is celebrated at the Aquarium. High-tech and high-touch services reveal the aquatic world to those with special needs, while a myriad of cultural experiences showcase Maryland’s rich ethnic heritage.

Special Needs and Cultural Programs

Braille Scripts

Deaf Awareness Day

Early Entry Days

Assisted Listening Devices

Audio Wireless Tour

Touch Bag/Hands-on Experiences

Latino Heritage Celebration

World Holiday Traditions Celebration

Native Cultures Celebration

Asian-Pacific Heritage Celebration

Black History Celebration

Women’s History Celebration

National Aquarium - Grade A Student Night

Educating our Advocates

By Inspiring Young People,

we provide exceptional educational opportunities for Maryland’s youth. Field trips bring classroom lessons to life, while internships, work-study programs, and scholarships offer students real-world experience for future careers.