Although closed, this will not impact on our animals, as they continue to be looked after with great care by our amazing team. However, they certainly miss seeing their visitors!

As a charity we are completely dependent on the generosity of the ticket paying public, so whilst closed we lose all the income.

We are grateful for the extension of the furlough scheme but, unfortunately we can’t furlough our animals or the staff who look after them.

So, that’s why we thought we’d list some ways you can support our aquarium right now. Hopefully there is an option for everyone who’d like to help. 

1. Visit us virtually

Missing our Animals or simply want to learn more about our wonderful Ocean life? Good news! You can now book a Virtual Tour to see our Aquarium. Whether you want to explore with family and friends, join us for a birthday celebration, or visit virtually with a school or community group, we have Virtual Tours catered to all kinds of Marine enthusiasts.

During our tours, you’ll get to explore the whole Ocean, from the rocky shores of Plymouth Sound, to the colourful corals of the Great Barrier Reef. On select tours you’ll also get VIP access to our back of house areas for a sneak preview of what goes on behind the scenes.

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2. Buy a gift from our online shop

We’ve launched an online shop so you can purchase a few of our Aquarium shop ranges whilst we’re closed.

Any purchase you make from our shop directly supports our animals and charity work. So, you can pick up Ocean themed gifts in the knowledge you’re not only helping to support us but our Ocean too!

visit our online shop

3. Watch Our Live Videos

We’ve brought back our hugely popular Live videos where you can join us in real-time to see our Marine Biologists interact with our Animals and ask them any questions you’re dying to know. Our Live videos currently cost just 99p to watch which goes towards looking after and caring for our amazing animals. Check out our Facebook page to keep up to date on when we go next go Live.

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4. Fundraise

We are happy to announce that there are new ways for you to fundraise for us. This is your chance to support our charity and make a difference to the Ocean and its wildlife.

Whether you are looking for inspiration or you already have a great idea, we can help you along the way!

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5. Plan ahead with a gift ticket

If 2020 has taught us anything it’s that we don’t know what’s around the corner.

That’s why we’ve added ‘Gift Tickets’ to our online store. This way, you can purchase Aquarium tickets for yourself, friends or family and then when we’re allowed to open, you/they can use the gift tickets to come in and visit us with no extra hassle.

These tickets come with a 12 month return pass to revisit as much as you like, and this pass won’t start until your first visit!

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6. Donate to our charity

When we’re closed we lose over 98% of our charity’s income. Without these vital funds, looking after our animals and continuing our research & conservation of the Ocean becomes harder and harder. 

You can donate the price of a coffee, or the cost of a month’s subscription to Netflix, any amount will help our charity at this time.

Donate to our aquarium

From every single animal and member of staff here at the National Marine Aquarium, we’d like to say a massive thank you for continuing to support us. We hope to sea you all soon!

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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