​​Discover the amazing underwater world of the Aquarium. Travel on an aqu​atic journey from the shore to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and experience coastal habitats from around the world. Thousands of animals representing over 300 species, displayed in entertaining and educational exhibits, are ready to enchant and inspire you!


Animals & ExhibitsMeet Our Animals

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Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Light Tower Aquarium

Big Momma

Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Light Tower Aquarium

Black Margin

Sandbar Shark | Norfolk Canyon Aquarium

Clip

Sandbar Shark | Norfolk Canyon Aquarium

Greenie

Green Sea Turtle | Light Tower Aquarium

Hector

Harbor Seal | Bay & Ocean Pavilion

Homer

North American River Otter | Marsh Pavilion

Large Male

Sand Tiger Shark | Norfolk Canyon Aquarium

Pennie

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle | Light Tower Aquarium

Piper

Harbor Seal | Bay & Ocean Pavilion

Ralf

Tomistoma | Restless Planet Gallery

Sanchez

Komodo Dragon | Restless Planet Gallery

Sheldon

North American River Otter | Marsh Pavilion

Single Notch

Sand Tiger Shark | Norfolk Canyon Aquarium

Sommer

Tomistoma | Restless Planet Gallery

Teman

Komodo Dragon | Restless Planet Gallery

Tippy

North American River Otter | Marsh Pavilion

White Margin

Sandbar Shark | Norfolk Canyon Aquarium

Rudder

Harbor Seal | Bay & Ocean Pavilion

Ranger

Sand Tiger Shark | Norfolk Canyon Aquarium
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Chan​ging Exhibits

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Curious George: Let's Get Curious!

September 23, 2018- January 6, 2019
Special Aquarium Member Opening: September 22, 2018

​The insatiable curiosity of Curious George- the little monkey who has captured the imagination and hearts of millions of children and adults for 65 years - comes to life September 23, 2018 at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. The new exhibit will introduce young children to Curious George's world and lead visitors on a fun, meaningful, and interactive math, science, and engineering-based adventure. This exhibit is included with your Aquarium admission.

​Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H. A. Rey, are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Company and used under license. Lice​nsed by Universal Studios Licensing LLLP. All rights reserved.​

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Major Exhibits

Bay & Ocean Pavilion

  • Harbor Seals (under renovation)
  • Restless Planet:
    • Komodo Dragons
    • Red Sea Tunnel
    • Tomistoma Crocodiles
  • Light Tower Aquarium with sea turtles
  • Norfolk Canyon Aquarium featuring sharks
  • Ray Touch Pool
  • Chesapeake Bay Aquarium 

Marsh Pavilion

  • North American river otter exhibit
  • Snakes*
  • Blue crab corner exhibit*
  • Macro-marsh exhibit*
*Denotes exhibits currently unavailable due to upcoming renovations.​

Nature Trail

Enjoy this 1/3 mile walk along scenic Owls Creek connecting the Aquarium's two buildings. With outlook posts and sweeping views of the protected salt marsh, the Nature Trail is a beautiful walk through the woods.

Oyster Reef​

Oysters provide a valuable resource to the marine environment, improving the water quality and serving as a protective habitat for juvenile fish and other animals.

In mid-2015, a demonstration oyster reef was created at the Aquarium and stocked with over 18,000 juvenile oysters raised by Old Donation Center School, Princess Anne Middle School, and New Castle Elementary School. The oyster reef includes an intertidal section with 30 feet of natural oyster shell, 30 feet of oyster castles, and 30 feet of undisturbed mud flat, as well as a large subtidal section of natural shell bounded by a fringing reef of mounded shells.

You can see our oyster reef, which also offers a unique educational experience, from the scenic overlook on the Nature Trail. Special thanks to the Rudee Inlet Foundation for funding the oyster reef project, and to Lynnhaven River Now and the Crystal Club​ for their help and support with design and installation.​​