As a not-for-profit organization, the New England Aquarium depends on member support to help us keep the lights lit, the animals fed, and critical research and conservation initiatives active.

From financially supporting our core mission to protect our blue planet, to sharing Aquarium adventures with family and friends, to providing valuable feedback that helps us improve our efforts, our members are essential to everything we do.

  1. All Members Enjoy


    • Express admission, every day!
    • Invitations to member-exclusive events
    • Subscription to blue, our quarterly member magazine, and SeaMail, our monthly member e-newsletter


    • Aquarium admission for additional guests
    New England Aquarium Whale Watch tickets
    Harbor View Café and Gift Shop purchases
    • Fees at many area parking facilities
    IMAX tickets
    • Rates for Aquarium educational programs


    • Waived handling fees on all ticket purchases!
    • Advance registration for Harbor Discoveries Summer Camp
    • The opportunity to join New England Aquarium Dive Club—one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most active dive clubs!


  2. Membership Levels


    Fee: $99
    Admits 2, every visit


    Fee: $149
    Admits 4, every visit
    Plus 2 complimentary IMAX passes


    Fee: $199
    Admits 6, every visit
    Plus 4 complimentary IMAX passes

    Ocean Explorer

    Fee: $259
    Admits 8, every visit
    Plus 6 complimentary IMAX passes

  3. Giving Societies

    Conservation Society Contributor

    $500 – $999
    Benefits of an Ocean Explorer membership plus recognition in our Annual Report and an invitation to purchase tickets to special events

    Conservation Society Supporter

    $1,000 – $1,499
    Benefits of a Conservation Society Contributor plus invitations to exclusive events

    Navigator Society

    The Aquarium’s leading supporters enjoy all the privileges of the Conservation Society plus exhibit and film previews, receptions with guest speakers, and an annual appreciation event.

    For the purpose of full tax deductibility, we do not automatically provide free IMAX passes to giving society members. To accept IMAX passes with your giving society membership, please call 617-226-2142.

Buy or Renew a Membership

The New England Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which means besides enjoying great benefits, you can feel good about being part of the growing ranks of members who support us in our mission to address the most challenging problems facing our oceans. You and the New England Aquarium: protecting the blue planet together.

Members-Only Programs

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.

Download the current Members’ Programs and Events guide (PDF)

  1. Members-Only Events

    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. See members-only events to get more information and to sign up.

  2. Aquarium Birthday Parties

    Aquarium members can host their child’s birthday parties at the Aquarium.


  3. 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

    Read entries written from a recent expedition! Check out all the updates, dive sites, and photos.

    Upcoming Expeditions

    Join New England Aquarium divers on a Bahamian adventure!

    2016 Spring Bahamas Trip

    • April 13 – 21, 2016
    • Destination: Bimini Island and surrounding area/dive sites
    • Includes accommodations aboard the R/V Coral Reef II, up to five dives per day (weights and tanks provided)
    • Includes membership at the Aquarium and a rare opportunity to dive in the Giant Ocean Tank
    • Includes professionally-prepared meals and beverages, plus beer and wine
    • Costs approximately $3,500 per person
    • Contact Sherrie Floyd ( or 617-226-2283). Reserve early as space is limited.
  4. New England Aquarium Dive Club

    New England Aquarium Dive Club logo

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

    We are sport divers, marine scientists, SCUBA instructors, dive medicine experts, professional divers, and interested non- or ex-divers. We share a passion for 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.

    For more information about meetings, membership, and special events, stop by one of our monthly meetings held on the third Wednesday of each 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


Please Note: At least one member must be present and included in the admission count when visiting. Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable, and are revocable licenses. Membership levels, benefits and prices are subject to change without notice. Discounted Aquarium admission for additional guests (not to exceed the number of guests permitted by your membership level) must be purchased in person by the member for same-day use. IMAX passes are one-time use, expire on the same date as your membership and cannot be accepted for special presentations or events. Membership benefits may not be used in conjunction with school or group trips.