Established in 1873, the National Aquarium is the nation's first public aquarium, welcoming visitors since 1932 to its location inside the lower level of the Department of Commerce Building. The Aquarium is home to America's Aquatic Treasures, and houses more than 250 species, including sharks, eels, amphibians, and loggerhead turtles. Special exhibits highlight the animals and habitats of the National Marine Sanctuaries Program—freshwater ecosystems of the United States and its territories—along with the Amazon River Basin. This intimate 45-minute aquatic experience is a fun outing for children, especially during feeding hours. But seekers of a transcendent aquarium experience will probably be happier visiting the National Aquarium's partner, Baltimore National Aquarium, which is routinely ranked among the nation's best.
US Commerce Building, 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20001, United States