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 get a view of the aquarium from a new angle 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.

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.


$59.95 for adults; $49.95 for children; $18.95 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 Sundays through Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1 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 you or someone in your party uses a wheelchair, please contact our office at 312-692-3355 before making a reservation.

Minimum age is 7. Guests ages 7-17 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.

Guests will need to understand information and instructions given in the English language or arrange for a paying translator to participate.


Program includes:

  • Walking/standing for 60 minutes
  • Use of stairs; elevators are available
  • Very light and very dark spaces
  • Loud noises
  • Walking on uneven surfaces

We believe there should be no boundaries to your Shedd Aquarium experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please contact us at or 312-692-3355.

We look forward to assisting you. Please visit Shedd Aquarium’s Accessibility Guide to learn more.

Gift Certificates

An extraordinary gift idea! To purchase a gift certificate, please call us at 312-692-3355. Certain restrictions apply.


E-mail us or call 312-692-3355 with questions. We are unable to take reservations by email.

Refund Policy

Participants who need to reschedule may do so up to 10 days before their scheduled experience. Attempting to reschedule after 10 days will result in forfeiture of the experience with no exceptions. If a participant needs to cancel the experience and is unable to reschedule, no refund will be made. Please note that all Shedd experiences are nonrefundable. For additional details, see our refund and cancellation policy.

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Members - please login when prompted during checkout  to unlock your member-exclusive price! Discounted tickets are limited by member level.

Ages 7 and older. Guests ages 7 to 17 must be accompanied by a participating adult, age 18 or older.