Behind-the-Scenes Tour

See Shedd from the perspective of our animal care staff during a 60-minute guided behind-the-scenes tour. You’ll go behind the galleries to view the aquarium from a new angle, peek in on animals in their habitats, see where nutritious meals are prepared for some of our 32,000 animals and witness Shedd Aquarium at work. At the animal healthcare center, you’ll see how preventive care and innovative water-quality practices keep the animals healthy. The final stop is our new microbiome laboratory.

What will you see behind the scenes? Get a sneak peek with Eight Things to See Behind the Scenes!

Includes admission:
The Behind-the-Scenes Tour ticket also includes express entry to the aquarium, admission to all exhibits and a ticket to the next available aquatic presentation.



$55.95 for guests age 12 and older, $46.95 for guests ages 10-11. $20 for members.

Includes Behind-the-Scenes Tour, express entry, admission to all exhibits and a ticket to the next available aquatic presentation.


Tours are available all year long on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. From the last week in June through Labor Day weekend, tours are offered daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Group Size

Each tour is limited to 12 people.


Guests will be walking/standing for about 60 minutes and must be able to follow instructions given by volunteers who are leading the tour. If someone in your party is in a wheelchair, please contact our office at 312-692-2723 before making a reservation.

Participants must be 55 inches or taller. Minimum age is 10. Guests ages 10-15 must be accompanied by a participating adult, age 18 or older.

Photography and video recording are not allowed during this experience. Participating guests should meet at the Northern Trust Suite on the day of their visit.

Gift Certificates

An extraordinary gift idea! To purchase a gift certificate, please call us at 312-692-2723. Certain restrictions apply.


E-mail us or call 312-692-2723 with questions. We are unable to take reservations by email.

Refund Policy

Rescheduling must occur as of close of business 10 days prior to the date of the experience. Refunds will not be issued for any changes made less than 10 days prior. For additional details, see our refund and cancellation policy.

Accessibility Needs

If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us in advance of your reservation.

Phone: 312-692-2723

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Ages 10 and older. Guests ages 10 to 15 must be accompanied by a participating adult, age 18 or older.