Tickets & Hours

We are a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire conservation
of the world’s aquatic treasures.

Your admissions purchase supports vital conservation and education programs and includes access to close to 20,000 animals and award-winning exhibits, such as Blacktip Reef, Dolphin Discovery, Australia: Wild Extremes and more.

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Tours Available

Shark Behind the Scenes Tour

October 4, 2015

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Get comfortably close to these predators of the deep.

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Veterinary Experience Tour

October 9, 2015

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Put on your very own surgical cap and mask and dive in to this behind-scenes-tour led by one of our staff veterinarians.

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Insider's Tour

October 10, 2015

8:30 am - 11:00 am

Get a head start with a guided tour before the building opens!

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Member Events and Pricing

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Today's Hours

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Visitors may tour up to 90 minutes after the last entry.

October Hours

  • Mon–Thu 9 am–4 pm
  • Fri 9 am–8 pm
  • Sat–Sun 9 am–5 pm

Special Hours

  • Mon Oct 12: 9 am–5 pm

Visitor Tips

By buying online, you skip the line!

No ticket fees, ever.

For your best experience, visit before 11 am or after 3 pm.

A Recent Visitor Says

“Would highly recommend visiting!

Reviewed July 29, 2015

A great place to see and learn about the life in the ocean! There were some hands-on things for children (and adults), and they could actually touch a jellyfish (non-stinging) and a stingray. … We opted to do a 4-D movie and it was pretty cool!

Visited July 2015
Source: TripAdvisor user "CookieLady51"

A Membership that Matters

Blacktip Reef Shark

Membership to the National Aquarium helps to fund conservation initiatives, research projects and education programs.

In addition to helping us to protect and preserve this blue planet, you will also receive unlimited access to the Aquarium and other great benefits.

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