Get the most out of your Aquarium visit with a hands-on experience. Learn about marine animals the same way trainers do: by interacting with them up-close, through one of our special seal programs. A Behind-the-Scenes Tour takes you to the other side of popular exhibits around the Aquarium to see what the animals eat and how their tanks are maintained, among other insider tidbits.
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. While on exhibit you may have a chance to rub a seal's belly and back, give some signals to a seal, touch a flipper or even touch a seal's tongue. Most of the time the seals are willing to give a kiss as well! Learn more and book a program.
Come behind the scenes and get to know a Northern fur seal! Join marine mammal trainers in the exhibit and interact with the seals. Interactions vary from day to day, from touching a seal's thick fur, getting a flipper shake or even playing a game of "copy cat." Most of the time the seals are willing to give a kiss as well! Read more and book a program.
More animal interactions!
Join an educator for a personalized behind-the-scenes tour of one of our many galleries. You'll learn what the animals eat, how their tanks are maintained, how sick animals are nursed back to health and other insider tidbits. Learn what it takes to run the New England Aquarium! Get more information about a Behind-the-Scenes Tour.