Our oceans are home to more then 1,000 species of shark. Join us for an annual educational and fun day to celebrate some of the most successful creatures in history. Visitors will be able to learn through hands-on activities that cover shark anatomy, evolution, morphology and ecology.

This is an event for all ages. The kid zone will feature a multitude of shark themed crafts, games and a chance to be a real life paleontologist and dig for shark teeth and bones! Guests will be able to see and feel shark skin, watch the birth of a ray, make a shark tooth necklace (extra fee).

This year, we asked you to choose one to serve as the Shark Fest Ambassador for 2022. You chose the largest fish in the world – the whale shark.

Before you visit
When you register, please pick a timed entry slot. Feel free to stay as long as you would like, there is no timed exit for this event. You will receive a confirmation email with your time slot. Please stop by the check in tent before entering the museum or any outdoor station.
Entry times:
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM

## Registration


  • NHSM Member : $5
  • Non-Member : $7
  • NHSM Fossil Club Member : $3
  • Blue Star Family : $2

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America to offer special admission rates to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families each summer. The military ID holder and up to five family members. The military ID holder can be either active duty service member or other dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members.

  • Museums for All Member : $4

Museums for All is a way to broaden a museum’s visitor base, and reach out to underserved communities. A museum visit can inspire the development of new skills and interests, and ignite creativity and enrich social connections. Museums for All will help expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. By addressing financial and logistical barriers to visitation, Museums for All also aspires to be an effective strategy for mitigating the social and academic barriers individuals face when they are not exposed to high quality museum experiences.