Since it opened in 1981, the National Aquarium has served as an economic anchor in Baltimore and Maryland. Based on our most recent analysis, the Aquarium annually generates nearly $455 million in economic activity across the state, with an impact of more than $360 million within Baltimore City.
A destination, an institution, an inspiration
The National Aquarium is the number one paid cultural destination in Baltimore, attracting more than 1.3 million visitors each year. Nearly 90 percent of Aquarium visitors report that the Aquarium is their primary reason for visiting Baltimore.
Through its own operational and capital spending, as well as business sales generated by visitors and staff, the National Aquarium is responsible for more than $360 million in annual economic activity in Baltimore City and nearly $455 million statewide.
Attracting guests from Maryland, the U.S. and abroad
Roughly five in six visitors to the National Aquarium come from outside the Baltimore region. Nearly one-third of Aquarium visitors stay overnight in the area.
From transportation to shopping and dining, day-trip visitors to the Aquarium spend approximately $100 million annually during their visits, while overnight guests spend more than $155 million.
Supporting employment in tourism, conservation, construction and other sectors
The Aquarium directly employs more than 400 people, while its economic activity supports approximately 3,900 jobs in Baltimore City and $173 million in associated employee compensation.
Spillover effects into other jurisdictions result in the Aquarium supporting 4,500 jobs and $200 million in associated employee compensation statewide.
Generating economic activity to benefit Baltimore and Maryland
The Aquarium supports more than $9 million in annual tax revenue for the City of Baltimore and more than $20 million for the State of Maryland.
Since 2012, tax revenue collections attributable to the Aquarium increased 54 percent for the City of Baltimore and 76 percent for the State of Maryland.
Download the Economic Impact Report 2017
To learn more about the impact of the National Aquarium, please read our most recent annual report.