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New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf

About us:

        The New England Aquarium, which opened in 1969, is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource.

On June 20, 1969 the New England Aquarium opened its doors to the public for the first time. The Aquarium was designed with the intention of providing an underwater experience for the visitor and of being a cultural institution that would reconnect Boston to its waterfront. In its more than 30 years of existence the Aquarium has grown a lot. We have developed several programs in order to help preserve and bring a better understanding of marine life and our exhibits have been under constant expansion and renovation. From the Giant Ocean Tank, opened in 1970 that was, at the time, the largest circular, salt water tank in the world to the new Matthew and Marcia Simons IMAX®, the only 3D theatre in Boston, opened in December 2001. The Aquarium continues its tradition to serve as a leader in research, education and conservation.

Vision and Mission:

           The Aquarium is redefining what it means to be an aquarium: combining education, entertainment and action to address the most challenging problems facing the ocean. Through a wide variety of educational programs and conservation initiatives, we make a lasting impact globally.


Anthony Porter

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
We were in Boston on a cold December Sunday and decided the aquarium would be a good place to get warm and spend some time. The setup of the aquarium has you start with penguins, and who doesn't like penguins? We watched a little show also about penguins and it was very interesting. The aquariums main large circular tank spirals through the center of the building and goes from top to bottom. On the opposite wall from the tank on each floor are some different exhibits, some interactive. The staff was super friendly. We also went outside to a small theatre and watched a show on seal training. That was actually really fun and the seals were great. Some of them were rescued and all of them liked to ham it up for the crowd and their meals or fish treats. The cost of entrance was a bit expensive, about $75.00 for the three of us. We did get a discount for being AAA member and my daughter's university discount. We were there from about noon to 3:00 PM and fortunately there were not any large crowds. We enjoyed our visit!

Christopher Brockway

Thursday, May 31, 2018
How can you not love a place that has penguins right when you step in the front door?! This place is amazing for all ages and is always a fun and interesting time. Every time I go I feel like I learn something new. The staff is always super friendly and they all appear to love their jobs which really improve the atmosphere there. Prices may seem a bit high at first glance but it is definitely worth the price, trust me!

Lianna Manos

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Love, love, LOVE the New England Aquarium. I really appreciate the fact that they have a dedicated team of scientists and employees that truly love their job and realize what a rewarding place it is! The shark and Ray tank is.... AWESOME! That, and meeting Myrtle, the sea turtle, who has been living at the aquarium since 1970-something, were our highlights of the day. It is just a nice way to spend a day in Boston, and learning how to love and respect the ocean and the life it gives us. Thank you so much New England Aquarium, for making lasting memories for my daughter and I.

Stephanie Verret

Thursday, May 31, 2018
This is an incredible experience. Some of our favorite animals were the ball pythons, which they were feeding when we were there (awesome), the sea turtle, and all of the penguins. Kid friendly, and they have many restaurant options around to go grab a bite to eat, which are also posted on the website. For parking purposes, the parking garage is a steep $40+ dollars, and when you drive into the entrance of the parking garage there is not a way to really turn around if you do not want to go in, so park on the street if you want to save some cash. But the parking garage was convenient and is close to the entrance of the aquarium.

Garry Thompson

Monday, May 28, 2018
I've been to the Aquarium to many times over the last 20 years and it never gets old. The last visit we were here was a couple of months ago and we had a private behind the scenes visit of the Aquarium which was very nice and personal so it holds a special place in our hearts. I noticed that they've moved some things around which was nice. I love the tank. I think there's been some fish missing though... i think one of the turtle is no longer there?? Anyways, if you get the chance you must visit. My girlfriend loves the place and got us a membership as a Valentine's Day present so we will be back soon again!

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