Debuting in the summer of 1981, the National Aquarium, Baltimore, is a not-for-profit public establishment that has openly stated a mission to confront critical issues combating global aquatic habitats via cutting-edge science, conservation efforts, and tools specifically aimed at educating the greater public. The Aquarium's Pier 3 Pavilion features five floors with distinct aims for each, and many equally passionate (and hotly-debated) environmental concerns are explored in various other sections throughout the Aquarium.
"Shark Alley: Atlantic Predators" showcases a multitude of shark species, such as the nurse, sandbar, sand tiger, and sawfish, all of which swim in arcs around visitors, contained within a 225,000-gallon pressurized ring. "Surviving Through Adaptation" displays the marvels of evolutionary adaptability, with biologist favorites like the Chambered Nautilus and Electric Eel given pride of place. The Pier 4 Pavilion displays marine mammals, including Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, as well as a jellyfish exhibit titled "Jellies Invasion: Oceans Out of Balance”.
Admission rates vary depending upon visitor age, date of visit, additional activities, and other factors. Admission fees can be calculated here.
Best time to visit
Weekdays in general, and before 11:00am or after 3:00pm on weekends and holidays, are ideal visiting times.
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