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National Aquarium Thanks “Pay What You Want Day” Attendees


The National Aquarium raised more than $30,000 and welcomed over 7,5000 people to its first-ever “Pay What You Want Day” on Sun., Jan. 11. On this day, guests had the opportunity to choose the price of their Aquarium admission with all funds supporting the National Aquarium’s conservation efforts.

“We are so thankful to those who joined us for Pay What You Want Day,” said John Racanelli, CEO of the National Aquarium. “This initiative was an opportunity for us to demonstrate our support for the local community, who in turn support us and the important work we do.”

The funds raised from Pay What You Want Day will support the Aquarium’s Animal Rescue program, harbor restoration projects and youth education programs.

Pay What You Want Day is part of the National Aquarium’s continuing effort to extend community access to all Marylanders. Other opportunities include the Aquarium’s Fridays After Five program, which offers guests special pricing on Friday nights after 5 p.m. and has been extended to a year-round program; Maryland Mornings, which launched in 2012 and runs from September through February, providing Maryland residents who visit before noon Sunday to Friday $10 off adult tickets and $5 off senior/children tickets; and Dollar Days, where visitors can enjoy a $1 admission fee for two days every December in conjunction with many other local cultural organizations.

For more information on the National Aquarium’s community programs, or to plan your visit, go to