Let the Virginia Aquarium help you enhance your science curriculum. Whether you choose a self-guided visit, a 3D film, or one of our standards-based programs, we can help you bring science to life for your students.

To make reservations for your class or school to visit the Aquarium, please contact:

Guest Service Office
  (757) 385-FISH (3474)

For more information on program content, or for assistance in making the most of your school group visit, please contact:

Rachel Riesbeck
School Program Specialist
  (757) 385-0275

School Group Admission Rates

Aquarium and National Geographic 3D Theater

School Group Admission Rates - Aquarium and IMAX®
  Student Required Chaperone Extra Chaperone
Aquarium only* $10.00 No charge $16.00
National Geographic 3D Theater Only* $5.00 No charge $6.00
Both Aquarium & National Geographic 3D Theater* $15.00 No charge $22.00

* Aquarium memberships or other discounts may not be used in conjunction with group rates. These rates do not apply to full-length films. Refer to program descriptions for additional program fees.

Planning your Day

Let us help you make the most of your visit to Virginia Aquarium.

  Download Planner

Teachers Often Ask

Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions.

Educational Resource Guide

The Educational Resource Guide (ERG) contains descriptions of all the programs available for schools.

  Download the 2016-17 ERG

Funding Assistance

Teachers seeking funding for their group may apply for assistance through the Aquarium's Access Aquarium Grant program. This program, which is supported by donations, has limited funds to assist with Aquarium admission for high-needs schools and United Way designated non-profit organizations that work with underserved or special needs groups. Also inquire with the administrative staff at your school about PTA funding and other grant opportunities.

  Download the Access Aquarium Application

On-site Meal Options

Click here to see menu options for your students from our on-site caterers.

On Your Own Worksheets

You may copy these worksheets for your students to use during their Aquarium visit. Each link provides a student copy, teacher copy and teacher instructions on how to use the worksheets.

On-site Programs

Please click below to find out about the onsite programs we offer for your grade level.

Boat Experiences

Get your students outdoors to explore the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's ocean waters.