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  • May 01, 2014 - May 31, 2014

The Aquarium has renewed its main building to the core, and the iconic Giant Ocean Tank has undergone a top-to-bottom, 21st-century transformation. The new 200,000 gallon exhibit features crystal-clear views of sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and thousands of tropical fishes. Your Aquarium adventure includes bustling penguin colonies, playful seals and the smooth skin of a cownose ray gliding under your fingertips. Complete your journey with Great White Shark 3D or Penguins 3D in IMAX (additional cost). The Aquarium is a treasure trove ready for exploration by families and ocean lovers right in the heart of downtown Boston.


New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center
The seals and sea lions are always at play. Get to know these energetic marine mammals with our special program guide, and learn how you can help them in the wild. Watch California sea lions dart through the water and limber Northern fur seals lope in this beautiful open air exhibit space. Learn about the challenges marine mammals face in the wild, and get a new perspective on fitness with New Balance Foundation Fitness Friday training sessions!.

The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank features sharks and rays in a mangrove-themed tank surrounded by shallow edges and viewing windows, allowing visitors to experience a close encounter with these animals. Visitors to this new exhibit can reach out and gently touch the back of cownose rays, Atlantic rays and sharks as they swim gracefully through the crystal-clear water. The exhibit presents these incredible species in a way that highlights their importance in a healthy ocean ecosystem. It also emphasizes the value of conserving essential coastal habitats, such as mangroves and lagoons.

Choose the day and time that you want to visit the Aquarium from the comfort of your home! New timed ticketing means more freedom to plan your day. The excitement is already buzzing about this summer’s unveiling of the New Aquarium Experience. Grab your timed ticket online today, take advantage of special construction pricing and don''t miss your chance to see the Aquarium transforming before your eyes.

IMAX presentations in May include Journey to the South Pacific, Great White Shark 3D, and premiering this month is Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D:

The lemurs of Madagascar will leap, sing and dance their way into your heart! Morgan Freeman narrates this stunning IMAX 3D film, now playing on New England's largest screen. Meet several species of lemurs in their stunning homeland for an unprecedented look at life in a lemur colony and jaw dropping footage of these fuzzy daredevils catapulting themselves from tree to tree.

Want to see where we keep the really big animals? The New England Aquarium is partnering with Boston
Harbor Cruises to give visitors frontrow seats to view the ocean's most fascinating and magnificent animals.
Join us! New England Aquarium Whale Watches leave Central Wharf several times a day.
Fee: The cost is $47 for adults, $36 for children (311),
$42 for seniors (65+) and $16 for children under 3.
Member discount applies. Combination admission with the New England Aquarium available. Purchase tickets at a BHC ticket center location or visit us online.

May Programs at the New England Aquarium

BLUE DISCOVERIES FAMILY DAYS: Southern New England Right Whale Festival
Sunday, May 4, 11:00 am 3:00 pm
Join us for a celebration of efforts to save North Atlantic right whales!
The Aquarium is organizing an outdoor festival with a group of young whale scientists from Adams Elementary School in Castine, Maine. The students call themselves the Calvineers after a famous right whale orphan named Calvin. This exciting festival will give families an opportunity to learn about North Atlantic right whales, meet right whale scientists, participate in fun activities and learn about whale conservation.

Aquarium Lecture Series in May:

Thursday, May 1
Oyster and Salt Marsh Impacts on Cape Cod
Curtis S. Felix, vice chair of the Comprehensive Wastewater Planning Committee in Wellfleet, Mass., Wellfleet representative to the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative and the County 208 Technical Advisory Committee

Tuesday, May 6
Shark Research Confessions: Introductions and Adventures in the Field with New England shark experts
Tobey H. Curtis, shark researcher and fisheries manager, NOAA Fisheries Service; Dr. James Sulikowski, associate professor of marine science, University of New England; Dr. Jeff Kneebone, research biologist; Dr. Greg Skomal, senior fisheries scientist, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries; Heather Marshall, Ph.D. candidate, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth; Dr. Diego Bernal, associate professor, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth; John Chisholm, marine fisheries biologist, Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries Shark Research Program; Dr. Lisa J. Natanson, senior research fisheries scientist, Apex Predators Program, National Marine Fisheries Service, Narragansett, RI

Tuesday, May 13
There Will Be Blood: Seal and Sea Lion Healthcare at the New England Aquarium
Jenny Montague, Assistant Curator of Marine Mammals, New England Aquarium
2013 John H. Cunningham Award Winner

Tuesday, May 20
Why Consumers Alone Can’t Save Our Fish
Dr. Jennifer Jacquet, clinical assistant professor, New York University

Wednesday, May 28
Solving a Codundrum:
The Survival of an Iconic New England Fish
Dr. John Mandelman, director of research and senior scientist, John H. Prescott Marine Laboratory, New
England Aquarium


Specially designed for our youngest learners, the Sea Squirts Preview program is a great introduction to our Sea Squirts classes for 2to 4yearolds!
Mondays: May 5, 12, 19 at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m
Sea Squirts Preview introduces you and your child to the wonders of the Aquarium and the ocean world.
Activities focus on developing motor skills, independence and socialization, as well as introduce your young oneto new materials.


Masters of Disguise — NEW
Investigate the masters of camouflage in the sea!
Tuesdays: May 13, 20, 27, June 3
Wednesdays: May 14, 21, 28, June 4
Thursdays: May 15, 22, 29, June 5

Sea Squirts classes introduce your child to the wonders of the aquatic world while focusing on their developing motor and language skills and encouraging the development of early science skills such as observation and exploration.

Ongoing activities at the New England Aquarium include Meet and Greet sessions with the Harbor Seals and Northern Fur Seals

Visitors can also arrange a Behind the Scenes Tour to get an inside view of what it takes to care for our animals and exhibits. Please call 617-973-5206 for reservations.

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