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:
For more information on program content, or for assistance in making the most of your school group visit, please contact:
How much time should I allot for an aquarium visit?
Allow at least 2 hours for a self-guided tour of the exhibits. Add an extra hour for a 3D film or an on-site program. If you are traveling with a large group, also consider how long it will take to get on and off the buses and into the Aquarium.
How many adults do I need with my group?
One adult for every 10 students is required and admitted at no charge (one for every five students for pre-K and K). Any additional adults must pay for admission. Adults should remain with their students at all times while visiting the Aquarium.
How is payment handled?
When visiting the Aquarium, payment is due upon arrival. To receive the group rate, we ask that you pay for the entire group, including additional adults, in one transaction – check, credit card (MasterCard, Visa), or cash.
What activities can I do with my students before, during, or after our visit?
We have On Your Own activity sheets on Virginia SOL topics. In addition, curiosity carts on standards-based topics will be located in the exhibit areas during your visit.
What about lunch?
Box lunches are available through Aquarium Café. Check out their menu or call (757) 385-0315 for more information. The Aquarium's picnic pavilion can also be reserved in advance. Be sure to ask about it while making your reservation. If the picnic pavilion is not available, nearby Redwing Park has picnic shelters and playgrounds.
Are souvenirs available for my students?
Pre-packaged goodie bags are available for $1 each. To order, call (757) 385-0321 two weeks prior to your visit. We also have two Aquarium Stores with a variety of souvenirs available for purchase.
Aquarium and National Geographic 3D Theater
|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.
The Educational Resource Guide (ERG) contains descriptions of all the programs available for schools.
On Your Own activity sheets are a free resource that you can copy and use during your field trip to the Aquarium. Topics are listed under suggested grade levels and include a teacher answer key for select activity sheets.
1st – 6th Grade
7th – 12th Grade
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.