Unlimited Aquarium Visits - Come all year for FREE! Visit for an hour
or two or stay all day. There's always something new to see and do. An
Aquarium membership pays for itself in about two visits.
Priority Admission - Use the Member's Entrance for immediate access to
River Journey and Ocean Journey. You can even reserve IMAX tickets at
no additional charge.
• Members-Only Discounts -- Save on IMAX or River Gorge Explorer tickets for each person on your membership.
Events & Trips - Around the corner or around the world, the
Aquarium sponsors numerous trips, programs and classes and
behind-the-scenes tours that inspire wonder and appreciation for the
• Discounts for your guests -- Members can get discounts on Aquarium, IMAX and River Gorger Explorer tickets for their guests.
• Discounts at any of the gift shops -- Get 10% off purchases from the River Journey, Ocean Journey and GEO (at IMAX) gift shops.
Discounts on eats & treats -- Whether it's popcorn, candy and sodas
at the IMAX Theater or hot dogs and ice cream at the refreshment center
on the plaza, members get discounts on eats and other treats.
Discounts at other attractions -- Aquarium members receive discounted admission to Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Knoxville Zoo, Dollywood and Creative Discovery Museum.
• Free subscription to Riverwatch
- Rich in color, substance and news, "Riverwatch" is YOUR quarterly
magazine. It will keep you up-to-date on Aquarium news, special events,
sneak previews, summer camp and much more.
• Become a Contributing Member to help support the Aquarium's Education and Outreach Programs and receive additional benefits. *Memberships are 100% tax deductible under Internal Revenue Service guidelines. Member privileges subject to change. Memberships are not transferable or refundable.
Free subscription to "Tennessee Aquarium Insider e-newsletter" -
Receive information on seasonal promotions, members-only previews and
other enticing programs when you provide us with your e-mail address.
Q: I just became a member, now what?
A: As an Aquarium member you’ll enjoy unlimited Aquarium
visits and exclusive discounts. Read the section above for more about your membership.
Q. Is my membership good from the time of purchase
or for a calendar year?
Your membership is valid for one year from the date of purchase,
so you receive a full 12 months of Aquarium fun.
Q. Who is included on a family membership?
One or two specified adults and your children or grandchildren in your household
age 18 and younger.
Q. How do I add extra guests to my membership?
You may add an extra unspecified adult to any membership for
an additional $40. Also, members who bring guests receive a
discount off guest tickets. Members must accompany their guests
to receive the discount.
Q. When will I receive my membership card?
If you’re planning a visit to the Aquarium and do not have a membership card, stop by the River Journey Members’ Entrance and present your driver’s license. You will be issued a photo membership card at the time of your visit. Photo membership cards eliminate the need for another form of I.D. and will be issued to the adults on the membership. Children will not be photographed.
Q. Can I visit before I receive my card?
Sure! Just bring a drivers license or photo ID and your membership number or a receipt
verifying your purchase to the Aquarium’s Member Entrance
for admission. A photo ID is required for each adult listed
on your membership.
Q. Why do I have to show a photo ID with my
For members without a photo membership card, we want to protect them should their cards be lost or stolen. The Tennessee Aquarium is a nonprofit organization that relies heavily on membership and attendance for support. We must prevent misuse of membership cards or any abuse of member privileges.
Q. Can I lend my membership card to a friend
or family member?
A. No. Aquarium memberships are valid only for the persons
whose names appear on the cards. Membership cards
or admission tickets are not transferable to others
and not valid for resale.
Q. Can I use my membership to bring my church,
scout troop or other group?
A. No. Memberships are not designed for groups or transferable
to other people who are not listed on your membership application.
Q. How can I replace a lost or stolen membership
You can request a replacement membership card by contacting
the Membership Department at (423) 267-FISH or by making
a request at the Aquarium’s Member Entrance. At this
time, there is no fee for replacement cards.
Do members receive free admission to IMAX? Is
there a membership to the IMAX Theater?
A. No. There is no separate membership or unlimited admission
to the IMAX Theater. As a member, the cost for an IMAX movie
is $6 per member (ages 3 & older) not including feature-length movies.
Q. Do members receive free parking?
No. The parking
lots around the Aquarium charge a fee of $5 to $9 depending
on the time of year.
Q. I've already renewed my membership, but I
continue to receive renewal notices. Should I be concerned?
If you have recently renewed your Tennessee Aquarium membership,
please feel free to contact the membership department with any
Q. Is my membership payment tax-deductible?
All or a portion of your membership contribution may be tax deductible
as allowed by law. You should consult your tax preparer with
specific tax questions. *Memberships are 100% tax deductible under Internal Revenue Service guidelines. Member privileges subject to change. Memberships are not transferable or refundable.
Q. Is my Tennessee Aquarium membership good
at other zoos and aquariums?
Tennessee Aquarium members receive discounted admission to Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, Knoxville Zoo, Dollywood and Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga. Other zoos and aquariums may honor
Tennessee Aquarium memberships but it’s up to each facility to make
that determination. Please contact the membership department of the zoo
or aquarium prior to your visit for information about their specific
Q. Are strollers and wheelchairs available for
All exhibit galleries are fully accessible. Wheelchairs are available
for rental on a first come first serve basis (no reservations). The
rental fee is $7 (members receive a 10% discount). A drivers license is required
to hold until the unit is returned. The wheelchair rental location is located
near the exit in the River Journey Gift Shop. Strollers are permitted on most days, and back packs are free for toddlers. For
your safety, strollers and crocs (or similar soft shoes) are not allowed
on escalators; however, elevators are available in all buildings.
see your question here? Let us help! Please contact the Membership
Department at (423) 267-FISH (3474) or email us
for more information.