The National Aquarium offers tours of the Animal Care and Rescue Center

The Jonestown National Aquarium Animal Care and Rescue Center offers guided tours of its 60,000 square foot facility. Photo courtesy of the National Aquarium.

Guests of the National Aquarium in Baltimore can now book guided tours of the aquarium’s 60,000 square foot offsite animal care and rescue center in Jonestown.


Animal Care and Rescue Center staff care for animals newly admitted to the aquarium, animals that are not on display, and rescued animals.

During the 1.5-hour tour, guests will learn how center staff care for sick and injured marine animals before returning them to the ocean. Guests can also see how animal habitat elements are created for the aquarium exhibits.

“We are thrilled to welcome curious minds backstage at the Animal Care and Rescue Center,” curator Ashleigh Clews said in a statement. “This tour allows attendees to experience the National Aquarium in a new way and shines a light on the essential work we do – caring for the world’s aquatic treasures and inspiring others to do the same.”

The center is located at 901 E. Fayette Street in Baltimore and typically offers tours at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The tour is available for guests ages 8 and up and costs $45 per guest – or $35 for National Aquarium members. The tour price does not include entry to the National Aquarium.

Customers can book a visit by calling the aquarium at 410-659-4269. Members can also book a tour online.

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