Instead of waiting in long lines to enter the Aquarium, come in through our main lobby doors and stay in the right lane which will allow you faster entry into the Aquarium. Please have your membership and ID card ready.
- Membership card (if you don't have it, we can look you up in our system but it may take some time).
- If you don't have your membership cards yet, you will need to bring in your confirmation email.
- Identification of each adult member listed on your membership who is visiting that day.
New members: It should take about two weeks from the time of purchase to receive your membership cards. In the meantime, please use your digital membership cards and/or photo ID.
Membership renewals: As part of our conservation efforts, we no longer issue replacement membership cards when you renew; instead, we issue stickers with your new membership expiration date. Your stickers will be available for pickup at our admission gate. If you need replacement membership cards but have not yet requested them, please email our membership department.
If you purchased an Individual Plus, Dual Plus or Family Plus membership or have a Friends of the Aquarium membership, then you have the flexible guest option as a benefit. A flexible guest is a guest that accompanies a member into the Aquarium. This member can be one of the listed adults or the listed member's child (if you have the Family Plus membership). Only one flexible guest is allowed into the Aquarium per visit, per member family.
We allow one name change per membership year. You will have to return both of your membership cards to us consenting that both originally listed adults agree to have the name changed.
One year from the end of the month that you purchased it in. Example: If you purchased on May 20, 2011, your expiration date would be May 31, 2012.
We give school groups a discounted price based on how many children are coming into the Aquarium with that group. School groups often receive classroom time with our education staff. Therefore, this group discount cannot be combined with your membership.
Memberships are non-transferable.
No, this membership only allows entry to the Seattle Aquarium.
With the Aquarium Family and Family Plus levels you may have up to six of your (grand)children (ages 18 and under) on your membership. Children ages 3 and under are always admitted free at the Aquarium; therefore, a membership that includes children is not necessary for individuals or families with children under age 4.
No, our memberships are for families and individuals only. We do however offer discounts on group entry.
Our Family Plus membership with a flexible guest is the best way to go if you have a nanny or a local grandparent. Please see "How does a flexible guest work?" for more answers.
Yes. Day-of admission receipts are redeemable toward your membership if you purchase the membership that same day. Only one admission receipt is valid towards a membership. and can be used only for the individuals who purchased the admission tickets. Only the admission that would be covered on the membership will go toward the cost of the membership. Example: if you have two admission tickets on one receipt, but buy an Individual level membership, only one of the admission tickets will go toward the membership.
As a nonprofit organization, our donors help us achieve our mission: Inspiring Conservations of Our Marine Environment. You can call us at (206) 693-6217 if you have any questions or visit the Donate page of our website.
Yes, your membership is fully tax deductible. Seattle Aquarium is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, #91-1189249, registered in Washington state.
If you think a higher level membership will better fit your family, then we can upgrade you within your membership year. You will be asked to pay the difference between how much you paid for your membership level and the level you would like to upgrade to—your expiration date will stay the same. You will then be asked to use your temporary membership until new cards arrive.
As of June 1, 2017, the Microsoft Prime/Passport discount is no longer available for membership purchases. The discount is still available for one-day admission tickets purchased at the front gate.
There are no discounts available on regular membership purchases. Low-income families may qualify for a membership voucher through our Connections program.
Note: As of June 1, 2017, the Microsoft Prime/Passport discount is no longer available for membership purchases. The discount is still available for one-day admission tickets purchased at the front gate.
While we do not have a foster family membership, the Seattle Aquarium is pleased to offer free admission to foster families during the Aquarium’s regular business hours. To learn more about what documentation is required, visit our Connections page.
Gift certificates are emailed to you or the recipient and is active upon redemption. Perfect for gift giving! Gift memberships start immediately and membership cards will be sent directly to the recipient. Perfect for renewing existing members. Learn more.
If you receive a gift certificate, you need to redeem it for the membership to activate. To redeem, please bring the gift certificate to the Aquarium on your next visit, or you can mail the certificate to our membership office:
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101-2015
If you mail in the certificate, please verify with our membership department that it has been processed by calling (206) 838-3900—or wait for your membership cards to arrive in the mail.
The Aquarium only offers gift certificates for memberships and does not offer gift certificates for regular admission tickets or custom dollar amounts. General admission tickets may be purchased online and gifted—however, please note that tickets are only valid for 90 days after the date of purchase.
As of March 2010, the Aquarium/Zoo joint membership program is no longer available.
Basic Aquarium Family Membership benefits include the option to bring up to two guests per membership per visit at half the admission price (member must be present). Guest tickets are only available for purchase at the aquarium front desk
No, your guest must be present to receive the discount and admission is only valid for that day.
To help the environment and conserve resources, we send our member event invites through our monthly member e-newsletter, not via USPS. If you are an active member and not receiving these emails, please call the membership office at (206) 838-3900.
From the members-only events page, click on the event you would to register for, you will then be asked to verify your membership with your member number or email address before being continuing on through the registration process.
Unfortunately we have limited space and many members who want to enjoy this benefit. Therefore we are keeping this event closed to non-members.