photo by National Aquarium

National Aquarium Animal Care and Rescue Center Tour

Meeting Place
901 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Sunday, October 6, 2019 11:30 am


Sunday, October 6, 2019 4:00 pm

Tour Information

Quantity Available

Tour 1: 20 | Tour 2: 15

Tour Times

  • 11:30 AM – 1 PM
  • 2 PM – 4 PM


Cost: $5

Registration opens:
September 9th at 10 AM

Registration closes:

October 2nd at 11:59 PM

About the Event

Guided Tour #1: Architecture & Design Insights Tour
How do you construct an ocean in the middle of a neighborhood? In 2018, the National Aquarium opened its Animal Care and Rescue Center (ACRC) in Baltimore’s historic Jonestown neighborhood. Hear from the project lead, Jacqueline Bershad, about how the team approached designing a building that balances the sensitive role of a working animal care facility and making it accessible to the public, allowing a deeper connection to the Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.

Guided Tour #2: Hands-On Exploration & Tour
Make your way through the Aquarium’s new state-of-the-art Animal Care and Rescue Center—located in historic Jonestown—as you talk to expert staff, feed animals and perform water quality activities. This behind-the-scenes tour brings you into a working facility where staff care for the National Aquarium’s newly admitted animals and animals that are off exhibit, build Aquarium habitats, and care for rescued animals.


All attendees must be at least 8 years of age. All guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Please note that the Animal Care and Rescue Center is not located at the National Aquarium’s main campus in the Inner Harbor; it is located just 0.7 miles away in the neighborhood of historic Jonestown. Metered street parking is available.


About Tour Guide
Jacqueline Bershad, Vice President of Planning & Design has overseen the planning, design and construction of the Animal Care and Rescue Center since its opening in May 2018. She also leads the teams responsible for all other major Aquarium capital projects, exhibit design and fabrication, and building facilities. 

About the National Aquarium
For 38 years, the National Aquarium, a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, has participated in local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting wildlife, ecosystems and aquatic habitats. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top three aquariums and has welcomed more than 54 million total visitors since opening on August 8, 1981. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.