The New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. With more than 1.3 million visitors a year, the Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston and a major public education resource for the region.

Visitors view giant ocean tank

Mission and Vision

The New England Aquarium is a catalyst for global change through public engagement, commitment to marine animal conservation, leadership in education, innovative scientific research, and effective advocacy for vital and vibrant oceans.



We strive to engage and inspire a broad audience with our efforts to protect the blue planet, and we believe a diverse workforce provides experiences, skills, and perspectives that enrich our programs, strengthen problem-solving, add creativity, and enhance our work environment. Through our diversity efforts, the Aquarium is able to attract, serve, and engage a broad constituency, consistent with the region’s changing demographics.

The Aquarium has a multiyear Diversity Plan that acknowledges where we are today, recognizes successes we can build on, and establishes strategies and goals to make the institution more inclusive, more diverse, and better equipped to reach and serve diverse communities.

History and Legacy

Nearly 50 years ago, the New England Aquarium opened its doors to the public. View a timeline of Aquarium highlights over the years and learn more about the history of the Aquarium and its predecessors in Boston.

Annual Reports

Our Annual Reports showcase each year’s highlights, including the financials, and provide a glimpse of future plans for the institution. We have our accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Association of Museums.

Current Leadership

The Aquarium is run by a seasoned group of Senior Staff and governed by a Board of Trustees.

Aquarium in the News

Visit the Aquarium in the News to see recent press coverage of Aquarium events and activities, recent press releases, and information for the media.

Contact Us

Please contact us for information on key departments within the Aquarium, including Reservations, the Simons Theatre, Membership, job and internship opportunities, media relations, and more.