Have you been to the National Aquarium?

National Aquarium

I didn’t think so. A better question may be, “Did you even know we had a National Aquarium?”

I’ve lived here for a couple of years now and have always noticed the tiny sign across the street from the Ronald Reagan building which alludes to an aquarium. Before you even set foot in the door, you’re setup for disappointment. I mean most aquariums are huge and have some sort of giant shark coming out of the side of the building. Our national treasure is tucked away in the basement of some old office building.

OK, fine. I don’t want to be a total downer and talk bad about our city. I think it’s great that they have a place where little kids can go look at “pretty fishies” and bang on the glass tanks. A place where we can see a 5 foot alligator staring at you through thick Plexiglas walls. A place where algae grows thick in nearly every tank. And of course, a place with a tacky gift shop where you can buy a stuffed shark, a plastic frog, or a bag full of shark’s teeth. Who couldn’t use a bag full of teeth?

For a $5 admission fee, it’s worth going to check it out on your own sometime. If you leave feeling disappointed, just grab a $5 hot dog from one of the street vendors and thanks God that it’s not you in one of those tanks.

6 Comments so far

  1. John (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 12:08 am

    The collection is not bad, considering the size and location of the gallery. It is definitely worth the $5 admission fee.

  2. Rosemary (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 4:44 am

    I went there during summer daycare at my elementary school. After I had seen the Baltimore Aquarium about a month beforehand.

    I did like the tucked-away factor though.

  3. Wayan (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 11:45 am

    Where is the image from? You take that Max? Its rocking.

  4. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    $5 isn’t so bad. I pay more than that to watch cock fights in Falls Church, and that’s not nearly as graceful as fish or even alligators. Of course, alligators are much more fun when the plexiglass partition is removed and you have the opportunity to examine them up close and personal-like.

    I’m sold, Max. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Max (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    Yep, that’s my photo. This fish was particulary photogenic but shooting in low light and through scratched, cloudy glass is tough!

    Supposedly the aquarium is run solely on admission fees and private donations. So $5 = tanks full of algae.

  6. sa-ra (unregistered) on March 5th, 2007 @ 8:29 pm

    angel fish are the coolest. so are fish that are lighty at night, and mudusas, and corals. crocs and frogs are not for me to get, even mini- yellow ones. also, when you are sick of dc, you can drive two hours to baltimore to get discounted tickets to their aquarium on friday night. i love the glass building. dont wear tight shoes. you’ll be speeding on the way back – like me last friday!!!

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