The September 2015 program is now over. Thanks to everyone from Salem who visited.

September is Salem's ticket to marine science! Salem residents and their families get FREE admission all month long to the New England Aquarium. Come explore the biodiversity of our planet's greatest natural resource—the oceans. Your Aquarium adventure includes bustling penguin colonies, playful seals and cownose rays gliding under your fingertips. Learn about your favorite ocean animals and discover what Aquarium researchers are doing to protect them in the wild.

Take the ferry!

Salem residents also get a discount on the Salem Ferry.


This special discount is for use by Salem, Massachusetts, residents only. This offer is valid during September 2015 only. Not available for phone or online orders, or for school or other group reservations. May not be combined with other offers and not valid on the New England Aquarium Whale Watch or in the Simons IMAX Theatre.


Proof of Residency

All adult visitors in your group will be asked to present proof of residency at the Aquarium Box Office, such as a valid driver's license with a Salem address or a valid state-issued ID card with a Salem address. If you do not have one of the IDs listed above, then for each adult or senior ticket purchased, you must provide one of the following dated within the last two months that shows a Salem residential address together with a corresponding picture ID (for example, a passport, driver's license or state identification card):

  • Monthly mortgage statement, homeowner's insurance policy or bill
  • Automobile insurance policy or bill
  • Utility bill
  • Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings or investment account statement
  • Mail from a federal, state, county or city government agency

This program is made possible by the Norman H. Read Program for Excellence in the Sciences.