The New England Aquarium located in Boston, Massachusetts is one of the most popular public aquariums in the United States. Colorful & educational exhibits feature more than 8,000 aquatic creatures.
The New England Aquarium’s initial conceptual design opened in 1969 , was led by Peter Chermayeff . When the Aquarium opened more than 12,000 visitors came through on the very first day.
New England Aquarium it’s considered one of the first modern public aquariums and is credited with revolutionizing the modern aquarium experience for visitors . The mission is “to present, promote and protect the world of water,” a promise made to research and conserve marine life as well as educate and entertain.
In addition to the main aquarium building, attractions at the New England Aquarium include the Simons IMAX Theatre and the New England Aquarium Whale Watch, which operates from April through November . More than 1.5 million people visit the aquarium and theatre each year.
At the center core of the Aquarium is the four-story, 200,000 gallon Giant Ocean Tank, a Coral Reef environment filled with curious sea critters ranging from sea turtles, stingrays, eels, barracuda and tropical fishes to sharks, stingrays, and moray eels.
Over 70 exhibits feature a variety of aquatic creatures in naturalistic habitats. Meet playful penguins, touch tide pool dwellers, watch divers feed sharks, and more. Here are the most popular exhibits:
- The Thinking Gallery featuring Goliath grouper, ancient fishes, rare sea dragons, coastal environments, and thousands of schooling fish.
- The Freshwater Gallery including piranhas, anacondas, electric eels, and Atlantic salmon.
- The Edge of the Sea tide pool where visitors are allowed to touch tide pool animals including sea stars, sea urchins, snails, hermit crabs, and horseshoe crabs.
- The Northern Waters of the World Gallery feature shorebirds, colored lobsters, goosefish, Giant Pacific Octopus, and countless other invertebrates.
- The Tropical Gallery include many colorful tropical fish, cuttlefish, venomous fish including lionfish, scorpion fish, and living corals.
- The Animal Medical Center is introducing the visitors in what it means to take care and watch after so many animals
- In front of the Aquarium is a harbor seal exhibit.
- The new West Wing includes the harbor seal exhibit on the public plaza, ticketing booth, changing exhibit galleries, gift shop, cafe, and lobby.
- The Amazing Jellies exhibit features moon jellies, sea nettles, upside-down jellies, Palauan Lagoon jellies and Australian spotted jellies
The New England Aquarium is open every working day. The general admission is $17.95 , $9.95 for children ages 3 to 11, and free of charge under 3 years old. Higher priced combination tickets that include a whale watch may also be purchased.
Once inside, visitors find immersed in a watery world, where they can admire all kind of beautiful strange marine creatures. The New England Aquarium is also home to the state-of-the-art Simons IMAX theatre, which frequently features 3D movies spotlighting sea animals and their habitats.