We're creating the new Aquarium experience on Central Wharf.




The New England Aquarium is alive with fresh ways to interact with marine life and care for the most vulnerable animals in our oceans. This revitalization is part of a five-year, $42 million campaign that began in 2007.

New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center

$12 million - Completed in 2009

This open-air exhibit includes a newly constructed Harborwalk with expanded public space and extends the Aquarium experience to the water's edge. Inside, visitors enjoy a front-row seat during informative and interactive presentations featuring Northern fur seals and sea lions.

Animal Care Center

$5 million - Completed in 2010

This 23,000-square-foot off-site facility in Quincy, Massachusetts, includes holding space for animals during exhibit renovations, quarantine space for new arrivals before they join the collections and is home to our marine animal rescue and rehabilitation center.

The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank

$1.5 million - Completed in 2011

This popular new exhibit allows visitors to roll up their sleeves and interact with a variety of species of sharks and rays. The 25,000-gallon habitat with tropical mangrove islands and rocky outcrops provides the setting for an immersive hands-on experience.

John Prescott Research Laboratory

$1.5 million - Completed in 2011

This state of the art laboratory allows researchers to keep pace with the increasing threats facing the oceans, including noise, pollutants, disease, oil, red tides and climate change. It has already enabled researchers to expand the Aquarium's Marine Stress Research Program.

The New Aquarium Experience

$15 million - Construction beginning in September 2012

This core renewal is the final and most significant element of the capital campaign. The project will rebuild the Aquarium's signature central exhibit—the Giant Ocean Tank. But that's just party of the scope and features. Another highlight will be the launching of the Blue Planet Action Center. This innovative new exhibit area will highlight major challenges facing the oceans and connect the Aquarium's conservation and research work around the globe to the visitors here on Central Wharf.

MIssion Based Initiatives

$9 million

The campaign has also funded a number of new conservation, research and education initiatives that are at the core of the Aquarium's mission to protect the blue planet.