The National Aquarium is a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization with two locations and one mission: to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures.
In 2003, separate aquariums in Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC, joined as one "National Aquarium." The National Aquarium venues together hold living collections that include more than 16,000 animals from more than 660 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals living in award-winning, naturalistic habitats.
Transforming experiences reach well beyond the Aquariums' walls. Education teams reach thousands of students each year with activities in schools and in the field; conservation crews and volunteers restore habitats and preserve species around the Chesapeake Bay and around the world; and the National Aquarium venues continue to serve as an economic engine for tourism in the city of Baltimore and as a unique draw in downtown Washington, DC. Through all of its work, the National Aquarium maintains its long-time commitment to serving the surrounding communities.
Friday's are discounted if you plan on going. They have added 2 new species of jellyfish! Large variety of reef fish. Great for a group of people to go together. They have made more room additions. Also they brought back being able to pet the rays and moon jellies (great for all ages). I absolutely love the aquarium. Oh the dolphin show is not as fun and trick filled as it was a couple years ago. But it is still fun to watch and listen.
Very well designed to allow people to see exhibits yet move them through. They could have posted slow times better and the dolphin sessions were very brief. I understand they do not want to stress the animals but the people could do more Q&A and education.
The exhibits are spacious and the animals seem very relaxed. The staff is super kind. The dolphin tanks are a good size and they're played with regularly! This is an excellent, and as far as I can tell, humane and fun place to visit. The architecture is bomb.
They continue to update exhibits, and the aquarium is well managed and clean. I've taken several family members to visit when they come in from out of town and they've all had a great experience. There are better aquariums in the country, but this one is worth the price of admission.
The exhibits are beautiful and educational! The facility is huge. You could be in there for anywhere between 2 to 4 hrs. There are shows and hands on activities. It's appropriate for all age groups. Everyone will love this place!