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 Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank and the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center showcase the diversity, importance and agility of marine animals.
- The Giant Ocean Tank inspires visitors with the beauty and complexity of marine habitat through replication of a Caribbean coral reef.
- Aquarium educators lead a nationwide initiative on climate change and inspire future ocean protectors with hands-on programs such as Harbor Discoveries Camps and live blue™ Ambassadors. The Aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Team leads regional efforts to rehabilitate and release endangered species of sea turtles at our state-of-the-art Animal Care Center.
- Aquarium scientists advise some of the nation's largest seafood companies on methods to enhance the sustainability of commercial fisheries worldwide.
- The Aquarium is home to the world's longest-running right whale research program, coordinating efforts along the East Coast of the U.S. to restore the population of this endangered species.
- The Aquarium collaborates with partners around the world to protect ocean ecosystems, such as coral reefs. In 2008, we partnered with the island nation of Kiribati and Conservation International to create the Phoenix Islands Protected Area.
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.