National Aquarium

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 more than 17,000 animals and award-winning exhibits, such as Blacktip Reef, Dolphin Discovery, Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes and more.

Tickets & Hours

General Admission

Who wants to stand in line when there are sharks, dolphins, turtles and more waiting for you just through the Aquarium doors? Good news: You don't have to! Our online ticket-purchasing system lets you choose when you want to visit and book that exact time slot. With so much to see and do at the National Aquarium, we want to make sure you have all the time in the world to do it, so book your tickets online now!

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4-D Immersion Film
A 15-minute experience that brings on-screen images to life, combining 3-D film with special multi-sensory effects! Only $5 per person.

Now playing:
SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue! Watch the Trailer
Sea Monsters 4-D: A Prehistoric Adventure Watch the Trailer

Behind-the-Scenes Experience, daily at 1:30 pm
Get an exclusive look behind the scenes of our Pacific Coral Reef exhibit on this 45-minute guided tour. Only $15 per person.   Learn More

Buy Tickets   — or —   Become a Member*

Prices and hours are subject to change without notice. Purchases are non-refundable or exchangeable. Please note: An online ticket fee of $1.95 per ticket will apply.

*Aquarium membership gives you unlimited daily admission for one year, immediate entry after check-in at member entrance, and are tax-deductible. Plus, your membership helps the Aquarium inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures. Visit the membership page for more information.

Immersion Tour Experience

Immersion Tours

Have more time? Take a deeper dive and experience the Aquarium from an insider's perspective!

From Dolphin Encounters to Sharks Behind the Scenes, discover all of our Immersion Tours.

See the Schedule


As a private nonprofit organization, the National Aquarium restores habitats and preserves species in the Chesapeake Bay and around the world—with support from our members. In addition to helping us to protect and preserve this blue planet, you will also join our family, receiving unlimited access to the Aquarium and other great benefits.

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Mon –Thu 10 am–4 pm
Fri 10 am–8 pm
Sat –Sun 10 am–5 pm


  • Thursday, Jan 1: 10 am–5 pm
  • Sunday, Jan 11: 9 am–5 pm
  • Monday, Jan 19: 10 am–5 pm

For the best experience consider visiting:

On weekdays or on weekends and holidays before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m.

Mon –Thu 10 am–4 pm
Fri 10 am–8 pm
Sat –Sun 10 am–5 pm


  • Sat–Mon, Feb 14–16: 9 am–5 pm

For the best experience consider visiting:

On weekdays or on weekends and holidays before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m.

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

For the best experience consider visiting:

On weekdays or on weekends and holidays before 11 a.m. or after 3 p.m.

More Options and Info

Military Discounts

We provide discounted tickets to military bases in the region through our consignment ticket program. If you are in the service, we encourage you to check with the MWR at your base to see if discounted Aquarium tickets are available for you and your family.

School Field Trips

The National Aquarium, Baltimore, is a great place for a school field trip.

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Group Tickets

Have a group of 15 or more?

See Group Prices

Consignment Tickets

Hotels, military, and organizations can consign or pre-purchase National Aquarium, Baltimore, tickets at a discount to resell.

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Gift Tickets

Give the gift of magic with Aquarium gift tickets—the perfect gift for any occasion! Recognize friends, family, and coworkers with the gift of tickets to the National Aquarium, Baltimore! Valid for three (3) years from date of purchase. Gift tickets will be shipped to the purchaser's address.

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Other Purchase Options

We encourage you to buy your tickets online to skip the ticket line and choose your entry time. Tickets can also be purchased onsite upon availability and through Ticketmaster.

Ticketmaster convenience charge of $3.25 and handling charge of $2.00 per ticket.

Additional Information

  • A service charge of $1.95 per ticket purchased online will apply.
  • Tickets are only valid for the day and time designated at time of purchase. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your entry time. However, if you’re running a few minutes late, you may still enter the building after the entry time printed on your ticket, depending on capacity and queue for entry.
  • You may purchase tickets for up to 14 people in a single order.

Best Aquarium Experience

National Aquarium - Baltimore - Inner Harbor

The top 10 ways to have your BEST Aquarium experience EVER

Be an Early Bird
Start your day off right—with US! Arriving before 11 am gives you a head-start checking out Blacktip Reef and all our other exhibits...

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