The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals—from northern fur seals to giant Pacific octopus to African penguins.

We also offer a wide range of exhibits, including the largest shark and ray touch tank on the East Coast and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef home to Myrtle the green sea turtle and hundreds of other Caribbean animals.

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Lion fish swims through its exhibit

Meet the Animals

There are thousands of aquatic animals to visit at the Aquarium – fearsome lionfish, intelligent giant Pacific octopus, lumbering green sea turtle and spry California sea lions. See all the animals that await you at the New England Aquarium!

two African penguins

Explore the Exhibits

Discover the Science of Sharks and meet some small but mighty sharks in our exhibit. The Olympic Coast exhibit features two giant Pacific octopus, plus many colorful and diverse marine animals from the Pacific Northwest. Explore a four-story Caribbean reef and squawk hello to dozens of penguins from around the world.

life according to fur seals

In the Marine Mammal Center

Watch the frisky and flexible northern fur seals fly through the water and interact with their trainers on the decks of the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center. The Aquarium is one of only three aquariums in the United States that care for these remarkable marine mammals. 

The New England Aquarium’s immersive Animal Encounter programs take your visit to a whole new level—from perching on top of the four-story Giant Ocean Tank and feeding the animals or going behind the scenes of your favorite exhibits. Be sure to bring your curiosity and questions! Whether you have an unquenchable curiosity about marine animals or you want a new perspective on popular exhibits, these unique opportunities are designed for the Aquarium superfan.

  1. harbor seal hanging out on rocks

    Meet and Greet
    the Harbor Seals

    Go into our harbor seal exhibit and meet a seal.

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  2. Myrtle the green sea turtle

    Meet Myrtle the Green Sea Turtle

    Myrtle is our most famous resident.

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  3. Guest observing behind the scenes work

    Go Behind the Scenes

    Our exhibits tell only one side of the story.

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