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


Starting the week of September 14, we will shift our hours of operation to include Friday nights! The new schedule will continue through November 1.

  • Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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.

We strongly encourage you to book a day or two in advance as time slots may fill up quickly.

In order to maintain a safe, socially distanced environment for visitors and staff and manage the flow of guests coming in to the Aquarium, we are limiting reservations to 8 tickets per transaction. All members may still access the same number of free member admissions permitted by your membership level, as well as the same number of additional discounted (10% off) guest tickets permitted per membership level each visit. If your total number of guests exceeds 8, you will need to book in multiple transactions.

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.


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.