The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals—from striped pyjama sharks to giant Pacific octopus to little blue penguins.

We also offer a wide range of exhibits, including the largest shark and ray touch tank on the East Coast and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef featuring hundreds of Caribbean animals.

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Lion fish swims through its exhibit

Meet the Animals

There are thousands of aquatic animals to visit at the Aquarium. From the fearsome lionfish to the delicate leafy seadragon, lumbering green sea turtle and spry California sea lions in action, visit all of the animals that await you at the New England Aquarium!

two African penguins

Explore the Exhibits

Discover the Science of Sharks and meet some small but mighty sharks in our brand new exhibit. The Olympic Coast exhibit features two giant Pacific octopus, plus many colorful and diverse marine animals from the Pacific Northwest. Explore a four-story Caribbean reef and squawk hello to dozens of penguins from around the world.

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What’s New

Discover the Science of Sharks! Dive deep into our newest exhibit and get up close to some small but mighty shark species from around the world. Hands-on activities illuminate the remarkable adaptations that give them an edge in the water, while The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank lets you see — and feel! — these adaptations in action.

The New England Aquarium’s immersive Animal Encounter programs take your visit to a whole new level—from perching on top of the four-story Giant Ocean Tank and feeding the animals or going behind the scenes of your favorite exhibits. Be sure to bring your curiosity and questions! Whether you have an unquenchable curiosity about marine animals or you want a brand new perspective on popular exhibits, these unique opportunities are designed for the Aquarium superfan.

  1. harbor seal hanging out on rocks

    Meet and Greet
    the Harbor Seals

    Go into our harbor seal exhibit and meet a seal.

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  2. Myrtle the green sea turtle

    Meet Myrtle the Green Sea Turtle

    Myrtle is our most famous resident.

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  3. Guest observing behind the scenes work

    Go Behind-the-Scenes

    Our exhibits tell only one side of the story.

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