​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​**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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**In compliance with public facility closures and due to social distancing measures, we will not be offering field trips at this time.** 

Watch for updates!

We have created innovative alternative opportunities for at-home learning at the link below.

 Learn From Home

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.

Click on the link below for more information about pricing, programs, and frequently asked questions.

Plan Your Field Trip

Outreach Programs

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. Contact us for more information on our programs, or if you are ready to book an outreach program for your class, please complete the form below.

Outreach Program Request​​

Ashley Beerbroer
Outreach Coordinator
(757) 385-0330

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

Virtual Programs

Want to view our animals in real time from your classroom? Connect with our trained educators to bring you up close with our exhibits and animals. Contact us for more information on our virtual programs, or if you are ready to book a virtual program for your class, please complete the form below.

Ashley Beerbroer
Outreach Coordinator
(757) 385-0330

Click the links below to learn more about our Virtual Outreach Programs:

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​​

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.​

Suitcase Science Kits

Funding Assistance​​

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. ​

 ​Access Aquarium Application


We encourage homeschool families to visit for a day of fun and learning! Choose the self-guided tour, 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.