Bone Collector

Whale skeleton – Baltimore, Maryland

Yet another place that has a name that irritates me… this is the “National Aquarium” – when it actually isn’t. It’s not located in DC, it’s not part of the Smithsonian Museum, it’s not associated with the federal government, and – most important of all – it’s not free. And the source of my irritation? They stole the name from the REAL National Aquarium – which *was* in DC, which *was* associated with the US Department of Commerce for 140 years, and which *was* free! Granted, not a lot of visitors went to the aquarium in the DC, but for years there was a lot of confusion over which location was the one tourons were trying to go to. And these days? Only the aquarium in Baltimore survives, which costs a family of four an astounding $140 one-day entrance fee.

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Photo info:
Whale skeleton
National Aquarium
Baltimore, Maryland
July 2014
Voigtländer Ultron 21/1.8 ASPH lens
Leica M240 digital camera

7 thoughts on “Bone Collector

    1. They claim to be a non-profit, but they make sure to wring every penny out of visitors that they can.

      I last went there in 2016, taking my nephew along as a birthday present to him. Our total cost for the day – including admission, food, and parking – was just over $250 for the two of us. Needless to say, I was upset at the cost and still feel that we were really gouged in the wallet.

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  1. i refuse to go to any of those things any more..even Hershey Park here in PA. They all seem to be charging an arm & a leg for nothing more than bad food, mediocre entertainment and over priced souveniers. Would much rather spend the day outside drawing or enjoying free local scenery..

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