The New England Aquarium combines education, entertainment and action to address the most challenging problems facing the oceans. We aim to create a new generation of ocean stewards, while providing regional, national and global leadership in marine conservation. The New England Aquarium is the only Boston-based cultural institution with a mission focused primarily on the environment, promoting the importance of protecting the blue planet through innovative exhibits and educational programs.

These are some highlights of the Aquarium's mission in action, on exhibit and through our education, conservation and research programs here on Central Wharf and around the globe.


The New England Aquarium serves as a responsive community resource that attracts and involves the broadest possible audience; seeks a culturally diverse staff and governing board that reflect our community; adheres to the highest standards of animal stewardship; and is committed to delivering the highest quality visitor experience in a welcoming and enjoyable manner that inspires awe, curiosity, understanding, caring and action.


Opened on the Boston waterfront in 1969, the New England Aquarium is one of the world's first modern aquariums. Visitors can explore the oceans and visit thousands of marine animals in three levels of world-class exhibits. Learn more about visiting the Aquarium and the Aquarium's history.