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It's Your Aquarium

Locals Visit for Less

At the National Aquarium, there are so many ways to visit YOUR Aquarium! With an ever-expanding lineup of programs offering local residents reduced or free admission, the National Aquarium welcomes you—with more opportunities than ever before—to stop by and say hello!

Half-Price Friday Nights

Friday is your night! Enjoy access to our award-winning exhibits for half the price of general admission during Half-Price Friday Nights, brought to you by M&T Bank. An evolution of our Friday After Five program, Half-Price Friday Nights runs year-round, allowing you to spend any (or every) Friday evening after 5 pm with our 20,000 animals. Tickets are available online or Friday evenings on-site.

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Read to Reef

The National Aquarium and the Enoch Pratt Free Library are connecting Baltimore students' love of reading to the aquatic world with Read to Reef, a book club for kids in fifth grade and younger. In exchange for reading five or more aquatic- or conservation-themed books, Pratt Library cardholders can earn up to four tickets to the National Aquarium, while supplies last. Throughout October 2019, visit a Pratt Library branch to receive a Read to Reef bookmark and dive into reading. Visit our Read to Reef page to learn more about the program.


Grade A Student Night

Baltimore-area students in grades pre-K through 12 who earn three or more As on their 2019-2020 report card can earn free admission to the National Aquarium and special $5 admission for their families! Pre-registration is required for these two very special evenings that sell out every year. Register online, then show up with that report card in hand! We'll be waiting to give you a high five—and a super special Aquarium experience—for all of your hard work!

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Maryland Mornings

Show your state pride! From Tuesday, September 3, 2019 to Friday, February 28, 2020, Maryland residents can visit the Aquarium before noon from Sunday to Friday for a special residents-only rate. That's $10 off for adults and $5 off for children!

Simply reference Maryland Mornings at the ticket window and show proof of Maryland residency to receive this special pricing. Tickets must be purchased on-site. Blackout dates apply. Senior and military guests will be eligible for the same special price as adult guests.

Blackout Dates

  • Black Friday (November 29)
  • Sunday of Dollar Days (December 8)
  • Holiday dates (December 26-January 1)
  • Sunday and Monday of MLK weekend (January 19-20)
  • Sunday and Monday of President's Day (February 16-17)

Free Fall Friday Night

Explore the wonders of the aquatic world with FREE Aquarium admission on the evening of Friday, October 25, 2019, as we join with cultural institutions throughout our hometown for Free Fall, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts' month-long celebration of Baltimore's vibrant cultural community.

To take advantage of this special evening, tickets may be claimed in person at our box office beginning at 5 pm on the day of the event. This popular event may sell out, so please plan accordingly. Learn more about this year's Free Fall Friday Night.


Dollar Days

Enjoy $1 National Aquarium admission for your group of up to 10 guests for one very special weekend each December. This year's event will take place on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, 2019, in collaboration with Downtown Partnership of Baltimore's citywide Dollar Days celebration of all there is to see and do downtown! Tickets must be purchased on-site on the day of the event and are not available online. First come, first served for this exciting annual opportunity to experience your Aquarium!

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Community Connections

Thanks to the generous support from our corporate community, the Aquarium is able to provide complimentary Community Connections tickets to qualifying nonprofit organizations.