‘Tis the season of giving. Show family and friends how much you care with unique gift ideas from the Aquarium. Your loved ones will think the world of you and your gift when— long after the holidays are over—they’re still enjoying the benefits of their own Aquarium membership, getting an insider’s view with a Animal Encounters or basking in any of our other fun, thoughtful and educational options highlighted below.

A gift of the Aquarium this holiday season provides a lifetime of memories as well as vital support to our mission. So show how much you care about your gift recipients and the blue planet. Thank you and happy holidays!


Give the gift of membership

A gift membership means that your friends or family members can visit as often as they want for an entire year! Plus, they’ll enjoy priority access, exclusive opportunities, and valuable discounts. It’s like opening your present all over again every day! So whether they’re spending hours tickling the backs of stingrays in the touch tank, watching our frisky fur seals and sea lions play or exploring the nooks and crannies of the Giant Ocean Tank, your recipients will discover something new Gift of Membershipevery visit!

A gift membership provides:

A gift membership is more than a present—it’s a year of family bonding, entertainment and education.

Read about all the benefits of membership.

Purchase now online! (Purchase a gift membership by 11:59 p.m. on December 1, 2015, to ensure delivery by Christmas! Order any time and send your lucky recipient a personalized e-card.)

Animal Encounter


Surprise someone with an Animal Encounter

What better gift for your Aquarium Super Fan than the opportunity to take their next visit to a whole new level? From perching atop the four-story Giant Ocean Tank and feeding the animals to going behind the scenes of some of our most popular exhibits, Animal Encounters are truly unique experiences your gift recipient won’t soon forget.

Try one or both of these popular programs:

  • Take a Peek Behind the Tank Get a personalized peek at the life behind the glass of one of our many galleries with an Aquarium educator.
  • Meet Myrtle Start with a personalized tour spiraling up the exhibit’s ramp alongside staff members who know Myrtle and her tank mates best, then slip behind the scenes and, ultimately, onto the platform to feed residents of the Giant Ocean Tank.
  • Meet and Greet with the Harbor Seals Come meet our charming harbor seals! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the harbor seal exhibit, sit next to a trainer during a session.
  • Meet and Greet the Fur Seals Join marine mammal trainers in the open-air New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center exhibit to interact with these amazing animals.
  • Paint with the Seals See first-hand the artistic abilities of our harbor seals and take home a beautiful memento of your close encounter.


Turn your animal lover into an Animal Sponsor

This year, give a living and breathing connection to the sea through Animal Sponsorship. Sponsorships provide fun and educational views of your recipient’s favorite Aquarium residents, including a species profile and a personalized certificate. Plus, the ocean protector in your life will feel good knowing their gift sponsorship helps with the daily cost of care—including the best possible medical treatment, food and habitat upkeep. Many species to choose from—collect them all!

Give a Right Whale

Think big! Give a North Atlantic right whale sponsorship

Help protect one of the most critically endangered large whales on Earth through our North Atlantic Right Whale Sponsorship Program. There are only around 500 of these magnificent animals alive today, and our Right Whale Research Program is working to help save them. Your sponsorship, which allows you to pick a specific whale to sponsor, will directly support the yearly costs of research to protect these species.

Recipients of Right Whale Sponsorship packages not only get to help save these creatures. They also receive a certificate of sponsorship, a composite drawing and sighting map of their whale, information about right whales, a one-year subscription to Right Whale Research News, the biannual newsletter, and more benefits based on sponsorship level.

Round it all out: Visit our Gift Shop

Turn every great Aquarium gift option into a bundle of holiday joy by creating your own gift basket! Pair your perfect present with a book, plush toy, jewelry or any of a thousand other items suitable for all ages from our Gift Shop. Open every day just off the Aquarium lobby with select options also available online.


Donate in the name of a loved one

For the person who has everything, make an online donation to the Aquarium in their honor. You can also make a tribute gift in memory of an ocean-lover. Your 100% tax-deductible donation on their behalf will help support all our vital education, conservation and research initiatives to protect the blue planet. For more information, please contact the Development department at 617-226-2622 or giving@neaq.org.