New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 02110
The New England Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Boston, Massachusetts. 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.
Planning for the aquarium began in 1962, the building was opened to the public in 1969. The new West Wing was completed in 1998.
The 428-seat Matthew and Marcia Simons IMAX Theatre opened in 2001 in a separate building. The six-story high screen is 85 feet (26 m) wide by 65 feet (20 m) high, and its projector can show both 2D and 3D movies.
Located in the central open atrium of the main building, the principal feature of the Aquarium is the Giant Ocean Tank, a cylindrical 200,000-US-gallon (760,000 l) tank simulating a Caribbean coral reef. This tank houses bonnethead sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, moray eels, barracuda, and many smaller reef-living fish. Open at the top, the concrete tank is surrounded by a walkway that spirals down, allowing visitors access to 52 windows that offer views of the reef from every angle and level.
At the bottom, the tank stands in a large, square 150,000-US-gallon (570,000 l) penguin exhibit, hosting African penguins, and Southern rockhopper penguins.
n front of the Aquarium is a harbor seal exhibit, which can be seen for free without entering the building. Four Northern fur seals and four California sea lions are on exhibit behind the Aquarium in the open-air New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center on the harborside terrace, which opened in 2009 with views of Boston Harbor.
New England Aquarium Categories
Other New England Aquarium Resources