The Aquarium's central exhibit, the Giant Ocean Tank was completely transformed in 2013, and every corner of our building 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 the $43 million Mission Blue 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 H. Prescott Marine 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.

Blue Planet Action Center

$2 million
The Blue Planet Action Center, funded by Bill and Barbara Burgess and Anita and Joshua Bekenstein, presents the serious challenges facing the oceans and showcases the Aquarium’s global leadership in searching for solutions with a combination of interactive displays, interpretive presentations and small live animal exhibits.

GIant Ocean Tank Transformation

17.8 million
We've given the iconic Giant Ocean Tank a top-to-bottom, 21st-century transformation, including new windows that provide crystal-clear viewing opportunities; a vibrant, revitalized coral reef with more than 1,000 fishes; and the new Yawkey Coral Reef Center at the top of the exhibit.

The Caribbean Coral Reef, the centerpiece of the Giant Ocean Tank, was designed and constructed through the generosity of Jane and Neil Pappalardo.

MIssion Based Initiatives

$9 million

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