Donate to the Aquarium

Everything you love about the Aquarium…

  • the live animal and interactive exhibits
  • educational programs and offerings
  • research and marine animal stranding response efforts

… is possible thanks to gifts from generous donors to the Virginia Aquarium Foundation. You can help make the Aquarium the best it can be by giving a gift to the Virginia Aquarium Foundation today.
Your tax-deductible gift to the Virginia Aquarium Foundation will ensure that everything you love about the Aquarium is here for years to come.​ Give Now to support your Virginia Aquarium. Thank you!

Honor a Loved One

Make a gift in honor or in memory of a relative, friend, or colleague. Celebrate a special occasion like a birthday, wedding, holiday, or anniversary with a gift to the Aquarium.

Your tribute gift, including the name of the individual honored, will be listed in VAQ – Virginia Aquarium Quarterly magazine. Your honoree, or the family of the individual memorialized, will also be notified of your special gift. You will receive acknowledgement of your gift as well.

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Sponsor a Bench

Create a lasting legacy at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center by sponsoring a bench. Sponsored benches are placed outdoors on the Aquarium campus for visitors to enjoy the beauty of our natural setting along Owls Creek.

Tribute benches are available in several sizes and include an engraved brass plate installed on the bench back. To order or for more information, call  (757) 385-0262.

Matching Gifts

Double your gift! If your employer, or your spouse's employer, has a matching gift program, your gift may be worth twice as much or more. Retirees and volunteers may be eligible for matching gifts as well. Ask your employer for a matching gift form and send it along with your gift (or reference the form with your online gift) to:

Virginia Aquarium Foundation
717 General Booth Blvd.
Suite 1
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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The Aquarium Society

The Aquarium Society recognizes those donors who have made a planned gift to the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. These members care about the Aquarium and support the long-term financial stability of the Aquarium. These gifts ensure the continuing goals to inspire conservation of the marine environment though education, research and sustainable practices.
Ways to make a planned gift include:

  • Leave a gift, either a specific amount or a percentage, in your will or living trust to the Aquarium;
  • Name the Aquarium as the beneficiary of your retirement plan;
  • Name the Aquarium as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

For more information about joining The Aquarium Society, call the Development Office at  (757) 385-0260.