Host an Event

Main Exhibit Gallery
Main Exhibit Gallery Mingle and dine as penguins, sea turtles, and hundreds of tropical fish swim behind you. Our four-story Giant Ocean Tank creates a fascinating centerpiece that you and your guests will long remember. Available year-round. Maximum capacity: 800 for cocktail reception and 375 for seated dinner.
When you host an event at the Aquarium, you support our animals, exhibits, and efforts to ensure a vital and vibrant ocean for all.

Whether you’re planning a birthday party for 30, a corporate event for 2,000, or another gathering to remember, the Aquarium’s variety of available venues on Boston’s spectacular waterfront can provide the perfect backdrop.

Corporate and Private Events

With views of Boston’s historic harbor and skyline, the New England Aquarium is the perfect setting for your next corporate event.

Harbor View Terrace and Tent (DPI Events).
Harbor View Terrace and Tent ready for a corporate event. Photo: DPI Events

Social Celebrations

Experience the excitement of Boston’s waterfront when you plan a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, anniversary party, or bar/bat mitzvah. With a variety of event spaces available, the New England Aquarium is the perfect location for your next celebration.

Special event set-up on our Harbor View Terrace
Special event set-up on our Harbor View Terrace. Photo: Tony Rinaldo


Capture the romance of Boston’s historic waterfront with one of the most unique wedding reception venues in the city while supporting the Aquarium's conservation work.

Wedding at the New England Aquarium
Wedding at the New England Aquarium Photo: Redwood & Rye Studio

Special Events at the New England Aquarium

Learn more about hosting your next event at the New England Aquarium and explore our available event spaces.


Host a Birthday Party

The Aquarium offers exciting birthday party options, including movie parties in our giant screen theater and self-guided group visits to the Aquarium. Most birthday parties are designed for kids age 5 and older. Parties must be booked in advance by contacting Victoria Minasian at 617-226-2212 or

A 50% nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Final balance and headcount are due three days prior to the scheduled event. Date and time restrictions may apply. Inquire for more details.

Movie Birthday Party Pricing

Movie parties at our Simons Theatre are our most popular option.

Movie Party

$7–$9 per person

Child Aquarium Admission Add-on

$13 per child

Adult Aquarium Admission Add-on

$22 per adult