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The New England Aquarium first opened its doors in June, 1969, with the goal of providing underwater experiences and exciting exhibits for visitors. In the nearly five decades since, its mission has been expanded to include educational programs, extensive marine research and advocacy for the protection of ecosystems and conservation of threatened animals and habitats.


In a typical year, the Aquarium plays host to over 1.3 million visitors. 

As a premier attraction on Boston's historic waterfront, the Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals and offers an ever-expanding range of exhibits, including the "largest shark 

and ray touch tank on the East Coast and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef home to Myrtle the green sea turtle and hundreds of other Caribbean animals". This vital institution has also become one of the world’s leading marine research centers. 

In 2016, the New England Aquarium opened the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, which actively advocates for "innovative, science-based solutions to combat the unprecedented threat to our oceans represented by climate change and other human activities". Their ongoing work -- to save species/habitats and strengthen the health and wellbeing of our oceans -- "builds on the Aquarium’s nearly 50-year legacy of protecting our blue planet and ensuring vital and vibrant oceans".

To learn more about the Aquarium's conservation and sustainability efforts, and, how we can make a difference, visit:

The New England Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies upon donations from memberships, partnerships and public support to continue their mission. Learn more at

The Aquarium is located at 1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 and can be reached at (617) 973-5200.