​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​**The Aquarium is open to the public on a limited capacity basis so advance tickets must be purchased online. You can reserve your visit here.  Learn about important new policies and procedures here.**

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 **During Wave One of reopening and in order to minimize gatherings of people as much as possible, Field Trips are not being offered.**

We have created innovative alternative opportunities for learning during this time at the link below.

Community Resources

If you have questions or want to learn more about our programming? Contact Rachel Clark, our School & Youth Programs Specialist, at (757) 385-0275 or at RRiesbec@virginiaaquarium.com.

Planning ahead? What better way to supplement your science curriculum than by visiting the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center? Whether you choose a self-guided visit, an interactive boat trip, or one of our standards-based programs, we can help bring science to life for your students.

Go to our Plan Your Field Trip page​ for more information about pricing, programs, and frequently asked questions.

To make a reservation, please contact our Guest Services Office at (757) 385-3474 or at VAMSCGSO@virginiaaquarium.com.

Outreach Programs

Our 2020 Outreach Programs are available! So, let us bring marine science to you! Our trained educators offer a variety of hands-on programs and live animal experiences that will engage all learners, from toddlers to adults. To book an outreach program for your class, please contact our Guest Services Office​ at (757) 385-3474 or at VAMSCGSO@virginiaaquarium.co​m​. For questions about outreach programs, please call (757) 385-0330 or utilize our Contact Us form here​​​​

Click on the grade level to learn about the outrea​​ch programs and costs:

Click the button below to learn more about our Summer 2020 Outreach Program offerings:

Summer 2020 Outreach​​ Program​​​ ​

Click the button below to learn more about our Summer 2020 Virtual Outreach Program offerings:

Summer 2020 Virtual Program​​​ ​

Teacher Resources

Teacher Trainings

The Virginia Aquarium offers several professional development courses to help teachers build their knowledge on science topics and enhance their curriculum with lesson plans. Many of our courses bring you up-close and personal with live animals and offer​ field experiences and a chance to meet with experts. Our summer 2020 offerings are listed in the document below with information on how to register.  ​

​Summer 2020 Teacher Trai​nings​​

Teacher Appreciation Night - September 24

Save the date for our next Teacher Appreciation Night! We invite teachers to this special after hour event, where they can explore the Virginia Aquarium, enjoying our many live animal and interactive exhibits. Educators and volunteers will be ready to share information about our animals, programs, and other resources we offer to schools and teachers. Our newest Changing Exhibit will be open to preview, and our Giant Screen Theater will be showing one of our new 3D films. Get here early to snag a spot on a special behind the scenes tour, meet live animals in the lobby, and to earn points toward free resources. 

Teachers (+ one guest) will be offered free admission and the opportunity to purchase two additional guest tickets at the school rate ($12 student, $18 adult). ​

Suitcase Science

Explore the phases of water with hands-on experiments using our Properties of Water suitcase or examine squid beaks to learn about how animals have changed to be better suited to their environment in the Animal Adaptations suitcase. Compare replica skulls to learn about the differences between omnivores and carnivores in our Food Webs suitcase or journey alongside a sea turtle from egg to adult in the Sea Turtle Science suitcase.

Go to our Suitcase Science page for more information on available suitcases, cost, and how to schedule your kit.​

Access Aquarium Grant Program​​

Teachers seeking funding for their group may apply for assistance through the Aquarium's Access Aquarium Grant program. This donation supported program can cover 50% of the Aquarium admission cost and select educational programs for high-needs schools in Virginia. Beginning July 1, 2019, this opportunity is open to Title 1 schools, Virginia Preschool Initiative programs, Head Start programs, and schools with a Federal Free and Reduced Lunch rate of at least 50%. For more information, email programs@virginiaaquarium.com. ​

Download the Access Aquarium Application


We encourage homeschool families to visit for a day of fun and learning! Choose the self-guided tour, an educational 3D film, a boat trip, or one of our standards-based programs. Onsite programs can be scheduled for at least 10 students within a similar age range.​​

We are proud to offer homeschool families the school admission rate. To receive the reduced rate, please have a photo ID and a copy of your notice of intent. We will also accept a current membership card for any homeschool organization. For questions about other forms of documentation, please call our Guest Services Office at (757) 385-3474.

Aquarium Only$12$18
​Boat Trip Only$13​$18​

​Homeschool Day

We host a Homeschool Day twice a year, providing families with a special admission rate, along with special activities and live animal programs throughout the Aquarium. Our next Homeschool Day event is scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 2020. Click the link below for more information.​​

​Homeschool Day 2020​