On behalf of our entire Aquarium family, thank you so much for your continued support throughout these unprecedented and difficult times.

All of us at the New England Aquarium are thrilled to be open to the public again. We are offering an optional 3 month extension for all memberships that were active during our closure. Many of our members have kindly expressed that they would like to support us during this time and have waived an extension. If you would like to keep your original expiration date we would be grateful. You may opt-in to the 3 month extension here. Please fill out the opt-in form by August 31 to receive your expiration date extension.


As we welcome guests back we have implemented enhanced protocols and procedures to help ensure the safety of guests, employees, volunteers and, of course, our animals.

We have transitioned to a timed ticketing system to maintain a safe number of guests inside the Aquarium at any given time per public health guidance.

Tickets for each time slot are available online or at the gate, though we strongly recommend online reservations or phone reservations by calling (617) 973-5200 to support as touch-free an experience as possible. Member tickets will be free up to the number permitted per visit by your membership level.

We are also excited to announce that Member Mornings will continue on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the month of August from 8–9 a.m.


All guests will enter through the scanning station near our doors on the plaza and must have:

  • Face masks for each guest over 3 years of age.
  • Timed entry tickets (on your phone or from the box office).
  • Please bring your member card to receive onsite member discounts. We will not be hand stamping.


  • Whale Watches are open, and your 16% member discount remains active. Click here for dates and up to date information.
  • The Simons Theatre has reopened! Learn more.
  • The Café is not currently open as social distancing isn’t possible in that space.


When you next visit us on Central Wharf, your Aquarium journey will look a little different. The safety of our visitors, staff members, and animals is our number-one priority. Read more about these safety enhancements on our reopening page.

Welcome back—we look forward to seeing you at the Aquarium! Thank you for helping us create a safe environment for everyone.