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​​Honor Someone

Take the guesswork out of birthday, holiday or life-milestone gift giving by supporting the Aquarium! Make a gift in honor or in memory of a relative, friend, or colleague with a tribute gift to the Virginia Aquarium. Your honoree, or the family of the individual memorialized, will be notified of your special gift, and you will received an acknowledgement, as well.

For more information about honoring a loved one through a gift, call the Development Office at (757) 385-0378.

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Matching Gifts

Make your money go twice as far for the Virginia Aquarium! If your, or your spouse's, employer has a matching gift program, your gift may be worth twice as much. Retirees and volunteers may be eligible for matching gifts, as well. Ask your employer if they participate in a matching gift program, request the matching gift form, and send it along with your gift to:

Virginia Aquarium Foundation
717 General Booth Blvd., Suite 10
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Planned Gifts

An estate gift to the Virginia Aquarium creates a lasting legacy for you and your family. The Aquarium Society recognizes donor who make planned gifts to the Aquarium. Planned gifts insure that the Aquarium can continue inspiring conservation of the marine environment for years to come.

You can make a planned gift to the Virginia Aquarium by:

  • Leaving a gift in your will or living trust
  • Naming the Virginia Aquarium, as the beneficiary of your retirement plan
  • Naming the Virginia Aquarium as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy

For more information about making a planned gift and joining the Aquarium Society, call the Development Office at (757) 385-0378​.

Adopt an Animal (AQUAPALS​)​

Do you love our animals as much as we do? Symbolically adopt one for yourself or send as a gift to your favorite person! It's easy to do, and it helps us continue to provide the incredible programming and support for the Aquarium's mission. Simply choose an animal, select a level, and adopt it!

  • Bottlenose dolphin
  • Great horned owl
  • Harbor seal
  • Horseshoe crab
  • Humpback whale
  • Komodo dragon
  • Loggerhead hatchling sea turtle
  • Loggerhead sea turtle
  • River otter
  • Sand tiger shark
  • Spotted eagle ray
  • Stranded sea turtle

There are three​ levels for you to adopt at:

  • Parent- $25
    Includes a personalized adoption certificate with animal image, AquaPALS fridge magnet, animal fun fact sheet & conservation infographic, and a $5 discount on membership
  • Lover- $100
    Includes a personalized adoption certificate with animal image, AquaPALS fridge magnet, animal fun fact sheet & conservation infographic, a $5 discount on membership, and an animal plush with AquaPALS pail
  • Superstar- $200
    Includes a personalized adoption certificate with animal image, AquaPALS fridge magnet, animal fun fact sheet & conservation infographic, a $5 discount on membership, an animal plush with AquaPALS pail, and a Meet-a-Keeper experience


​ Choose Your AquaPal Adoption​​​​​