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.

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.


The New England Aquarium must engage the broadest possible constituency in our efforts to protect the blue planet. Read more.

History and Legacy

More than 40 years ago, the Aquarium we know today opened its doors to the public. You can see a timeline of Aquarium highlights over the years and learn more about the history of the Aquarium and its predecessors in Boston.

Historic Renovations

In 2013, the Aquarium completed a major renovation that renewed its main building to the core. The iconic Giant Ocean Tank underwent a top-to-bottom, 21st-century transformation and several new exhibits were added throughout the building. Read more.

Remembering David B. Stone

The New England Aquarium wouldn’t exist without the vision and dedication of David B. Stone. David, who passed away April 12, 2010, at the age of 82, was the principal founder of the Aquarium. Over the course of six decades, David helped lead the effort to build what has become one of the most popular and prominent public aquariums in North America. Read more and see photos.

David B. Stone Award

The David B. Stone Award is presented to individuals or organizations for distinguished service on behalf of the oceans. The award was established in 1970 in honor of the New England Aquarium's principal founder. Read more and see photos.

Annual Reports

Our Annual Reports showcase each year's highlights, including the financials, and provide a glimpse of future plans for the institution. We have our accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums.

Current Leadership

The Aquarium is run by a seasoned group of Senior Staff and governed by a Board of Trustees.

The Aquarium in the News

Visit the Aquarium in the News to see recent press coverage of Aquarium events and activities, recent press releases and information for the media. News and media

Climate Change Symposium

On February 5, 2009, the New England Aquarium and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution brought together an interdisciplinary group for "Changing Climate, Changing Coasts," a day-long symposium on the local impacts of climate change. Presentations and other documents from the event are now online.

Contact Us

Visit contact us to get contact information for key departments in the Aquarium, including reservations, IMAX Theatre, membership, job and internship opportunities, press inquiries and more.

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