Take a field trip with your group and learn about the blue planet.

Community-serving organizations are eligible to apply for free admission for your group.

Our goal is to create an opportunity for all Boston and Cambridge residents to learn about the ocean and marine life, particularly for those who can perceive a field trip to the Aquarium to be overwhelming or find admission cost prohibitive. A great way to visit the Aquarium for the first time is with an organization or group that community members trust.

Groups can apply for up to 75 youth admissions and an additional 25 chaperones (if needed). Please note that we cannot offer free admission to community groups during school vacation weeks. School groups are not eligible for free admission through this program. School groups can apply for free admission as part of the Aquarium’s Free to Learn Admission Program.

Eligibility Requirements

Must meet all to apply for free programming
  • Your organization must be a non-profit
  • Physically located and serve a neighborhood of Boston, or Cambridge
  • Find the cost of group admission cost-prohibitive

To receive free admission a representative from your organization is REQUIRED to attend a Chaperone Training Workshop (previously called the Field Trip Preparation Workshop) here at the Aquarium. This 2-hour training is designed to increase the educational experience of the visit for children, and provide chaperones with helpful logistical information. The training will involve a tour of the Aquarium, guidelines for visiting, and activity ideas and educational support for your visit. We encourage organizations to bring as many chaperones as they would like, but only one is required to attend the workshop.



Thank you for your interest in free admission for community groups at the New England Aquarium. We are currently transitioning into a new application process for 2019 applicants. Applications for summer field trips will reopen for all eligible groups in early March.



Contact Community Programs at 617-973-0281 or communityprograms@neaq.org.