Visit our FAQ page for additional questions that are not membership-specific.
Gift certificate or gift membership
Members must reserve tickets online before visiting. You must log in to your membership account to access the member tickets.
The number of free tickets you may reserve is based on your membership level. Additional tickets for those not covered under your membership must be purchased online separately.
Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your scheduled time and no later than 15 minutes after your scheduled time. Come prepared to show your digital ticket for scanning.
Reserve your tickets here.
To view your membership and reserve member tickets, you must log in using the primary account holder’s last name and membership ID. This information is listed on your membership card and in the confirmation email you received when you purchased your membership.
If you don’t know your information, on the member login page, click “I don’t remember my Member ID.” You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
When reserving your member tickets, there will be an option to add one or two half-price guests to your order. Payment will be collected online during checkout. Half-price guests cannot visit the Aquarium without a member present.
We don’t have any members-only hours. However, each time slot has a set number of tickets dedicated to members that the general public cannot reserve.
Memberships are not being automatically extended. Please reach out to the membership department at email@example.com or (206) 838-3900 to request an extension.
- Digital or physical membership card (if you don't have either one, we can look you up in our system but it may take some time).
- You may also be asked to provide identification for each adult member listed on your membership who is visiting that day.
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.
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.
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. You can stop at the front desk at the end of your visit to upgrade to a membership. After selling you the membership, we will refund the general admission tickets that would have been free under the membership level you choose. Example: if you have two admission tickets on one receipt, but buy an Individual-level membership, only one of the admission tickets will be refunded.
You can also contact the membership department within two weeks of your visit to take advantage of this offer. Simply purchase a membership online and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a refund on your ticket(s).
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.
Microsoft Prime members receive 20% off Seattle Aquarium memberships priced $219 and below. Valid Prime cards must be shown in person at the Aquarium to receive the discount.
Employees of our corporate partners may qualify to receive a membership discount. Please check with your employer to see if you qualify.
Washington State EBT, WIC or ProviderOne Services cardholders are eligible for a $25 membership. Details are provided on our discounts page.
The Seattle Aquarium is pleased to offer free admission to foster/kinship families during the Aquarium's regular business hours. Families can also register for a $25 membership. To learn more, please visit our discounts page.
iPhone users can use their pre-installed Wallet app or the Google Wallet app.
Access the email we sent from your smartphone and click the “Download Membership Card” button. Then select “Add to Wallet” or “Add to Google Wallet.” The card will be saved to your iPhone’s Apple Wallet or Google Wallet app, depending on which option you chose. It can be accessed at any time.
Android users can use Google Wallet or download the Wallet Passes app from Google Play.
Access the email we sent from your smartphone and click the “Download Membership Card” button. Then select “Add to Wallet Passes” or “Add to Google Wallet.” The card will be saved to your Wallet Passes app or Google Wallet app, depending on which option you chose. It can be accessed at any time.
Please be ready to show your ID at the front gate so our guest services representatives can look up your membership for entry. If you have an older physical membership card, you can continue to use that as well.
Please call our membership team at (206) 838-3900 or email us at email@example.com.
For iPhone users using the Apple Wallet app: Search for a three-dot icon (...) at the top right of your card.
- Once you tap on the icon, search for an icon that looks like an arrow over a square on the top right of your screen.
- You will see sharing options like Airdrop, Mail, etc. Use one of those options to share your card (the Mail option is recommended).
For Android users using the Wallet Passes app: Search for an "i" icon at the bottom of your card.
- Once you tap on this icon, you will see a button that says "share pass." Tap on this button.
- You will see sharing options like Mail, SMS, etc. Use one of those options to share your card (the Mail option is recommended).
Please note if you are using Google Wallet: Members can download the card and then forward the original email to the other adult member. That person can then also download the card using their preferred app. Google Wallet allows the same download link to be used for both members, unlike Apple Wallet and Wallet Passes, which can only be downloaded to one device and then must be shared directly from the card.
Check the Apple Wallet or Google Wallet apps on your phone. You may have to scroll through any cards that are already there—it may be hiding.
Check the Wallet Passes or Google Wallet apps on your phone. You may have to scroll through any cards that are already there—it may be hiding.
Thanks for joining us! Your digital membership card will be emailed to you within five to 10 business days of signup.
Your membership card will be automatically updated within five to 10 business days with your new expiration date and any changes that you may have made when you renewed. The only time you’ll receive a new card to download is if your email address and/or your membership ID changes.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need us to resend the email containing your digital membership card so that you can download it.
Any changes to the information stored on your membership card will be updated within five to 10 business days of requesting/initiating the change. If you’ve disabled automatic updates, you may need to manually refresh your card by pulling down the screen.
Gift certificates are emailed to the purchaser with the option to also have a physical certificate mailed to the purchaser or the recipient. The membership begins only when the gift certificate is redeemed. Perfect for gift giving!
Gift memberships begin on the date of purchase. Recommended for renewing existing members.
Purchasing a gift certificate or gift membership is as easy as purchasing a membership for yourself—you can do so over the phone at (206) 838-3900 or on our website. For now, we prefer that you not make gift certificate/gift membership purchases in person.
Gift certificates must be redeemed for the membership to begin. They may be redeemed via mail, phone or email. For now, we ask that gift certificates are not redeemed in person at the Aquarium.
To redeem physical gift certificates via mail:
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
To redeem physical or digital gift certificates via phone or email:
Call us at (206) 838-3900, Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm or email us at email@example.com.
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 membership benefits include the option to bring up to two guests per membership per visit at half the admission price. When reserving your member tickets online, there will be an option to add one or two half-price guests to your order. Payment will be collected during checkout. Half-price guests cannot visit the Aquarium without a member present.
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.
For now, we aren’t holding members-only events at the Aquarium. When we’re able to offer them again, 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.
For now, we aren’t holding members-only events at the Aquarium. When we’re able to offer them again, we will revert to our standard policy of having them open only to those with active memberships on the dates of the events for space reasons. However, if your membership includes a free flexible guest, you may register that person.
For now, we aren’t holding members-only events at the Aquarium. When we’re able to offer them again, guests are welcome at all members-only early openings. Our members-only movie nights have limited seating, so only members may attend. Any other members-only events will specify the policy for guests in the event descriptions.