Whether you are hosting a private dinner for 30 or a corporate celebration of 2500, the New England Aquarium is the venue for you. Either rent the entire Aquarium or just one location and provide your guests with an extraordinary evening full of wonder.

Main Exhibit Gallery

Experience the only event space in Boston where you can dine alongside more than 80 penguins. Our one-of-a-kind 200,000 gallon Giant Ocean Tank will be the centerpiece of your event. (Click image for larger view.)

Seated Dinner – 375, Cocktail Reception – 800, Strolling Dinner – 700
(300, seating for everyone)




West Wing Gallery

Gather alongside the largest shark and ray touch tank on the East Coast, featuring cownose rays and juvenile sharks! This two-level venue is ideal for smaller cocktail receptions and dinners. (Click image for larger view.)

Seated Dinner – 75, Cocktail Reception – 100, Strolling Dinner –100
(50, seating for everyone)


Harbor View Café

The ocean-blue tile and natural wood cathedral ceilings make the Harbor View Café the perfect setting for any occasion. The floors to ceiling windows offer spectacular views of the city skyline and Boston Harbor. (Click image for larger view.)

Seated Dinner – 100, Cocktail Reception – 100, Strolling Dinner – 80
(70, seating for everyone)


Harbor View Terrace and Tent

A rare waterfront space in downtown Boston! Host your event beside a breathtaking view of Boston Harbor and the largest collection of northern fur seals in the U.S. (Click image for larger view.)

Seated Dinner – 300, Cocktail Reception –400, Strolling Dinner –280
(250, seating for everyone)


Simons IMAX Theatre

Featuring state of the art audio visual capabilities in a spacious auditorium, the Simons IMAX Theatre is ideal for corporate meetings, product launches, presentations and receptions. (Click image for larger view.)

Seated Dinner – 120, Cocktail Reception – 150, Theatre – 398,
Strolling Dinner – 130 (100, seating for everyone)


Entire Aquarium

The Aquarium is able to accommodate events during the warmer months by adding additional tenting on our front plaza. Hosting your event with us helps support the Aquarium’s non-profit mission and gives guests the opportunity to view the Aquarium privately. (Click image for larger view.)

Cocktail Reception – 2,000, Strolling Dinner – 1,700
(1,000, seating for everyone)




                                                                              New! The Reef Tent

The Reef, the Aquarium’s seasonal restaurant on its front plaza, is now available for private events. It’s the perfect location for a summer company gathering, family celebration, clambake or BBQ.
Seated Dinner –70, Cocktail reception – 150, Strolling Dinner – 125 (70, seating for everyone)

Download full descriptions and images of events spaces (PDF 774KB).

For more information about hosting an event with the New England Aquarium, contact the Events Department at 617-973-5205, by email events@neaq.org or by completing our online event inquiry form.

See example coverage and photos of an Aquarium event here.