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National Aquarium Announces Return of Pay What You Want Day

Special day made possible with the generous support of T. Rowe Price


As part of its continuing effort to provide community access to Maryland residents, the National Aquarium announced today the return of Pay What You Want Day on November 6, 2016. Made possible with the generous support of T. Rowe Price, the Aquarium’s official community engagement partner, this annual program allows residents to donate an amount of their choice for Aquarium admission.

“We are committed to connecting our local residents to the aquatic world and our conservation mission,” said John Racanelli, National Aquarium CEO. “Pay What You Want Day is part of a series of programs that ensure our communities have the opportunity to visit the Aquarium and be inspired by their 20,000 aquatic neighbors.”

The National Aquarium welcomed more than 7,500 guests to each of the previous Pay What You Want Days. T. Rowe Price became the presenting sponsor of the program in 2015.

“T. Rowe Price is committed to enhancing community life by providing families access to local attractions and enriching experiences,” said Renee Christoff, head of Corporate Social Responsibility at T. Rowe Price. “Pay What You Want Day enables families across Maryland with any budget size to visit and engage with the variety of species living in the National Aquarium.”

The National Aquarium and its official partner parking facilities are pleased to offer $10 parking to those attending Pay What You Want Day 2016. To redeem this special price, guests can bring proof of their Aquarium visit to the LAZ Inner Harbor Garage at 100 S. Gay Street or Lockwood Parking at 124 Market Place, and garage staff will provide a ticket for $10 exit.

Pay What You Want Day is part of the Aquarium’s commitment to connect Marylanders with the world’s aquatic treasures, inspire protection of the Chesapeake Bay and all aquatic habitats and provide opportunities for all communities to visit the Aquarium.

Other community access programs include:
• Half-Price Friday Nights, presented by M & T Bank, which offers guests special pricing on Friday nights after 5 p.m.;
• 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