Member-Exclusive Events and Opportunities

The Aquarium has special events and programs exclusively for members and many programs offered at a discount for members. To learn about Aquarium membership, see our membership benefits and levels of membership.

Our members-only events include exclusive members-only birthday parties, our Adult Members’ Night, Dive In, and the Fish, Fun and Fright family event held on a date near Halloween.

We offer a rolling calendar of members-only events and opportunities each year, including exclusive evenings, our annual Halloween party and other special offers from Aquarium partners and businesses. Check back often for new listings.

You’ll find information on past events and promotions at the bottom of the page.


  1. Aquarium Birthday Parties

    Aquarium members can host their child’s birthday parties at the Aquarium. Explore our exhibits, view our daily presentations and have lunch at the Aquarium’s Harbor View Café (no private space available). Learn more.

  2. Dive In!

    Wednesday, December 28, 2016

    Your Aquarium, your night. Now with more tentacles!

    (Free event, registration required.)

    red-bellied-piranha-solo.jpg.adapt.945.1Our members deserve the best—like the exclusive opportunity to experience Tentacles, after hours and away from the crowds. So we’re planning a members-only evening on Monday, June 27, to show how much we appreciate you. Bring your family and friends to enjoy your Aquarium on your night!

    Look for the giant Pacific octopus in its newly expanded habitat brimming with species found in the chilly depths of the Pacific Northwest. Eye the cuttlefish levitating in its tropical tank while the chambered nautilus jets through its inky dark display. From petite red octopuses to graceful sea jellies, dive into the dazzling diversity of these mysterious ocean animals as Tentacles take hold at the New England Aquarium!

    So come on in, explore these and all favorite exhibits, learn and see something new and even enjoy a treat from our cash snack bar. Plus, attending members receive an extra discount in the Gift Shop during the event.

    This is a free, members only evening. No reservations are required but admission is strictly limited to the number of admissions permitted with your membership level. We regret that no exceptions can be made.

    • Associate: 2 admissions (1 member + 1 guest)
    • Patron: 4 admissions (1 member + 3 guests)
    • Ambassador: 6 admissions (1 member + 5 guests)
    • Ocean Explorer: 8 admissions (1 member + 7 guests)
    • Conservation Society: 8 admissions (1 member + 7 guests)
    • Navigator Society: 8 admissions (1 member + 7 guests)

    Just as with Aquarium admission, children under 3 are admitted free and do not count towards your guest total. The size of your party must not exceed the number of admissions covered by your membership, which must be valid on the date of the event. Benefits are non-transferable and someone from the member household must be present for the group to be admitted. If you are unsure of your membership level or would like to upgrade your membership, please call 617-973-6555.

    Mark your calendar and, if you haven’t already, subscribe to SeaMail to receive notification about future events.

  3. Cirque du Soleil

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

    Members-Exclusive Deal for Kurios by Cirque du Soleil

    Special offer for members: $30 kids ticket with purchase of full price adult ticket!


    Share the experience today with $30 kids tickets. Don’t miss the show that was declared a Critic’s Choice by the Los Angeles Times. Delve into the world of Kurios, where seeing is disbelieving. Kurios is now playing under the iconic blue and yellow big top at Suffolk Downs through July 10.

    CLICK HERE to take take advantage of this offer.

    OfferDisclaimers: Offer valid on select show dates and times while supplies last. This offer may not be combined with other offers or applied to previously purchased tickets.


  4. Fish, Fun, and Fright

    Friday, October 28, 2016

    Member-exclusive Halloween party
    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    red octopus

    Come trick-and-treat your way through an evening of family-friendly, creepy-crawly, fantastically freaky fun, beginning with our Spooky Science Fair and wrapping up the night with our Kooky Costume Contest.

    Dress to impress because prizes will be awarded.

    Learn more.



  5. Bahamas Collecting Trips

    Every year, divers from the Aquarium team up with members for dive trips to the Bahamas. Members learn how to responsibly collect colorful reef fishes and invertebrates for the Giant Ocean Tank and other tropical Aquarium exhibits.


    Take a break and join Aquarium divers on an expedition to the Bahamas. You will help responsibly collect colorful reef fishes and invertebrates for the Giant Ocean Tank and other tropical exhibits.

    This unusual “working” vacation is open to certified divers of all levels, ages 18 and older. During this week-long adventure, you will explore beautiful underwater sites throughout the Bimini area in the Bahamas. The last day of the trip is spent in Miami preparing specimens for shipment to the New England Aquarium.

    Trips are open to Aquarium members 18 and older who are certified divers. This is one of the most exciting benefits of becoming an Aquarium member.

    Bahamas Expedition Blog

    StarfishRead entries written from our most recent expedition!
    Check out all of the updates, dive sites and photos.

    Upcoming Expeditions

    Join New England Aquarium divers on a Bahamian adventure!


  6. New England Dive Club

    StarfishBegun in 1975, the New England Aquarium Dive Club is one of the oldest, largest and most active dive clubs. The NEADC is a non-profit organization headquartered at the Aquarium. To be a Dive Club member, you must also be a member of the New England Aquarium.  Many of our 500 members are veteran divers but many others are newly certified.

    We are sport divers, marine scientists, SCUBA instructors, dive medicine experts, professional divers and interested non- or ex-divers. We share the fun of diving, a love of the sea, a concern for diving safety, and a desire to learn more about the aquatic realm and share that knowledge with others.

    StarfishFor more information about meetings, membership and special events you can stop by one of our monthly meetings held on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Aquarium. You will always find new members and guests in attendance, and our Membership Director will be happy to help you join.

    Joining the New England Aquarium Dive Club Supports the Aquarium

    The NEADC is a non-profit organization headquartered at the Aquarium. To be a dive club member, you must also be a member of the New England Aquarium.

  1. Past Events

    The Great White Shark Scientist

    A lecture by Sy Montgomery and Dr. Greg Skomal
    Sunday, June 12, 2016
    (Registration closed)

    Fin & Tonic

    Adults-only Aquarium evening
    Wednesday, May 4, 2016
    (See Pictures and Social Media Posts)

    Earth Day Cleanup

    A live blue™ Service Corps volunteer opportunity
    Saturday, April 30, 2016
    (Free event, registration required.)

    Dive In!

    Member-exclusive Aquarium evening
    Sunday, April 17, 2016
    (Free event, no registration required.)

    Member Open House

    Member-exclusive Aquarium evening
    Thursday, February 18, 2016
    (Free event, NO registration required.)

    That’s A-Moray

    Adults-only Valentine’s event
    Friday, February 12, 2016
    (See Pictures and Social Media Posts)

    Members-only Double Feature

    Humpback Whales 3D and Secret Ocean 3D
    Monday, April 13, 2015

In addition to year-round free admission, members receive special benefits and opportunities including program pricing and discounts.