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National Aquarium Baltimore

Baltimore , MD
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LOCATION

501 East Pratt Street, Pier 3
Baltimore, MD US 21202 (map)

PHONE

410-576-3869

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ABOUT US

The National Aquarium, with its breathtaking views of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and five levels of award-winning exhibits, provides a magical and memorable setting for your special... Read more
The National Aquarium, with its breathtaking views of the Baltimore Inner Harbor and five levels of award-winning exhibits, provides a magical and memorable setting for your special occasion.

Whether outside or in, spacious locations are available for as few as five guests or as many as 3,000, making the Aquarium the ideal place for corporate events, banquets, holiday celebrations, weddings, and more.

Unique options, like a private film screening in the 4-D Immersion Theater, provide an experience guests won't soon forget. Our professional staff is ready to assist you in planning your event.
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REVIEWS

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Greggory
Wedding:
8/9/2013
5.0/5.0
The staff at the Aquarium were wonderful. They were very flexible and worked with us...and our budget. Ryan B. was there on the day of our wedding. Don't let his age fool you...he was amazing! He was so professional and so organized. We don't know what we would have done without him!
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Everyone loved the venue!
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drbenshir
Wedding:
6/20/2010
5.0/5.0
This is an amazing place to have a wedding. It was gorgeous! The staff was fantastic. Timing was tight, and they pitched in to help us get set up and started on time. When it was time to break down, they were right there to help us load and carry things out to the cars. This was the third wedding I have done in two years, and they were tip top!
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Linus
Wedding:
11/16/2013
4.9/5.0
We had our ceremony and reception in the Harbor View Room. The room was turned over during cocktails in the gallery, so guests could enjoy the fish on that floor with drinks. The venue was great for a small wedding (about 50 people), and fit our personality (and my love of fish- I have 3 tanks).

The Aquarium was also nice in letting people come early, and long with the wedding couple for pictures at the site at various exhibits. Even more accommodating was that the Aquarium allowed the photographer to enter (for free) much earlier so he could scout out possible locations for our photos.

My only "criticism" would be it would be great to have the venue for longer, so the reception could be longer. The earliest start time is 6:30 pm, as the building is still open to the public at 6 pm, and everyone has to leave by 11:30 pm. It may be possible to have an early start time in the Dolphin area for the ceremony and dinner, and then move the dancing to another area (no loud music allowed in the Dolphin area); the Dolphin area was unavailable for our wedding date.
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Angela
Wedding:
9/22/2012
4.9/5.0
I couldn't have asked for a better experience from a venue. While getting in touch at the pre-planning stages was tricky, once we had a signed contract they were responsive and available.

The aquarium has 3 options for rentals: the main aquarium building, the dolphin building, or an outside tent. All seemed lovely, and varied in price (but not by much). I thought the pricing was fair and not much more than other inner harbor venues. The only downside was only having 2 caterers to choose from, and both were quite expensive.

The night of the wedding we were surprised to find that there were aquarium staff there to help things run smoothly (we thought it would just be the caterers there). They were so professional, and so incredibly helpful. Everyone had a great time. I wholeheartedly recommend this venue.
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Chase
Wedding:
6/23/2012
4.6/5.0
We thoroughly enjoyed our wedding at the Aquarium! It was a perfect waterfront venue and the guests loved the fact that they were able to see the exhibits too! Only downfall is that you must use their caterer... you can't bring in your own team. Otherwise, excellent venue and a great price too!
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emt
Wedding:
9/25/2010
4.0/5.0
We held our wedding (ceremony, cocktail, and reception) at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and were very happy with the overall experience. We got a lot of comments from guests that they loved the location. People really enjoyed being able to tour the exhibits and the location itself has a beautiful view of the city. The event manager we primarily interacted with ahead of the event, Victoria, was a pleasure to work with. She was very responsive to our requests and very friendly to interact with. She was not the on-site manager at the wedding though, and we would have preferred to have her there. The day-of event manager, who was the same person we interacted with when first checking out the aquarium, was not as friendly to interact with and apparently made our officiant nervous prior to the ceremony. However, everything was still taken care of as needed.
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Ashley
Wedding:
10/11/2008
3.5/5.0
The Aquarium Event Planners were very responsive the week before the event but failed to return phone calls during the begining stages of planning (or even to actually see the location was a few weeks later). I guess my best advice if you want to have your wedding at the Baltimore Aquarium is to be patient and eventually someone will call you back. Also be warned that all of the tanks and exhibits are on timers which this information was not volunteered to us so make sure you ask when planning your event if you want pictures in a certain area. The Classic Catering staff was wonderful and Alberto made his best effort to take care of everything we asked for. All together we were pleased and would recommend the Aquarium for events as long as you have the money to do so.
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Y
Wedding:
7/1/2007
3.0/5.0
fun for children & adults alike
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Alexandra
Wedding:
6/8/2013
2.8/5.0
The aquarium was a fun, unique and affordable space to host our wedding reception in and we had a fantastic evening, dancing the night away. However, trying to work out the logistics of the aquarium ended up being a recurring set of headaches and the greatest amount of stress leading up to the wedding.
1) We had disscussed June 15 as our wedding date and were told that the date was being held for us. We lined up all the other vendors, sent in our contract to confirm and were then told "oops".
2) Our contract was for 7pm. Several weeks after we sent the final contract in we were told "oops", we can't actually hold indoor receptions until 8pm. Back to changing all the contracts...
3) We went though 3 contact individuals from start to the day of. While the woman who coordinated with us on the actual day of the wedding was very nice, we had never met her before and didn't even know about the change of contact persons until a couple days out.
4) Trying to coordinate getting centerpieces and such to the aquarium was a huge headache. We weren't told until a few weeks before the wedding that there were time restrictions on when things could be dropped off at the aquarium. Once we thought we had it all figured out to drop things off on Friday evening, we get a phone call telling us that our contact person was planning on checking out of work on Friday early.
Again, we had a lovely experiance at the aquarium on the day of the event (which I attribute mainly to the assistance of our amazing caterer) but I'd attribute 70% of the stress I had leading up to the day to inadequate/insufficient communication on the part of the aquarium.
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