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Ticket Information

  Adult Child (3-12)  
Tennessee Aquarium $29.95 $18.95 Buy Tickets
IMAX 3D Theater - 45 minute films $11.95 $9.95 Buy Tickets
River Gorge Explorer $32.00 $24.50 Buy Tickets
Tennessee Aquarium/IMAX Combo $37.95 $26.95 Buy Tickets
Tennessee Aquarium/River Gorge Explorer Combo $56.95 $39.95 Buy Tickets
Tennessee Aquarium/IMAX/River Gorge Explorer Combo $64.95 $47.95 Buy Tickets

Children under 3 years of age are free to the Aquarium and IMAX Theater. However All children under 3 riding the River Gorge Explorer will be charged $18. They are counted as a passenger via U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Your Aquarium ticket is good for the whole day of purchase. Ticket purchases help support education, research and conservation programs.

A special discount is available to all active military and veterans.  Please show your military ID/DDT card at the Aquarium ticketing center to receive a discount on admission for you and everyone in your paying party. Available at Aquarium ticketing center only.

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Aquarium Family Membership - $145

Join the Tennessee Aquarium today and enjoy unlimited Aquarium visits, exclusive IMAX previews and special discounts.

Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Club - $40

Introducing the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Club: a great new way to enjoy films in the all-new IMAX with Laser format all year long. One annual fee gives you unlimited access to regular IMAX showings PLUS other VIP perks.

Backstage Pass - $17 

Get VIP access to feed and touch Aquarium animals. Two tours daily -- River Journey at 11:15 am and Ocean Journey at 2:30 pm. Each one takes about 45 minutes. Aquarium admission is required. Due to safety concerns, children under age 6 are not permitted. 

General Information

Your Tennessee Aquarium experience will take at least two hours, and includes admission to two buildings: River Journey and Ocean Journey. Your tickets are good all day, so feel free to catch a bite or sneak a peek at an IMAX 3D film between buildings. When scheduling your visit or IMAX film time, remember Chattanooga is in the Eastern Time Zone. 

Aquarium tickets are sold online, at the Aquarium's ticketing center or at the IMAX box office. 

First admittance to the Aquarium is at 10 a.m. with last admittance at 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Buildings close at 7:30.  The Gift Shops close at 6:30 p.m. The Aquarium and IMAX 3D Theater are open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Check the River Gorge Explorer schedule for cruise times. Check the IMAX Showtimes page for the movie schedule.

You may purchase tickets online anytime. ONLINE TICKETS ARE GENERAL ADMISSION ONLY. Discounted member tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 800-262-0695, 8:30 am - 4:45 pm ET, Monday through Friday. 

All exhibit galleries are fully accessible and a limited supply of wheelchairs are available to rent. The Aquarium does not have stroller available for rent.

Regarding the River Gorge Explorer - Children under 3 are charged $18 because they are considered a passenger according to Coast Guard regulations.


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IMAX

The huge, six-story screen at the IMAX 3D Theater puts YOU in the action. Travel to undersea reefs filled with colorful creatures, or visit exotic locations from around the world.

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Groups

Whether you're a scout leader, a school teacher, or planning a family reunion, discounts are available for groups of 15 or more with advance reservations. 

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