Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June 2009

Opening July 1!

Marine Mammals in Motion
Thanks to the generosity of the New Balance Foundation, the Aquarium will open a brand-new signature exhibit July 1! The New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center is a naturally lit, open-air exhibit that gives visitors a front-row seat to see northern fur seals in action. In addition to photo opportunities with the life-size fur seal statue and marine mammal silhouettes, the exhibit features interactive panels that allow visitors to touch fur seal teeth and see an underwater image through their eyes. The entire experience centers on the expanded northern fur seal pool, where visitors can witness these amazing animals in action.

The new enclosure gives these sleek animals plenty of room to gallop and swim and offers a shallow pool for midsummer lounging and speedy surface skimming. Thanks to the tiered seating, seal fans can get a good view of all these behaviors.

Make sure to pick up a Move It! guide upon arrival to follow Marine Mammals in Motion and discover how humans and marine mammals stay active and healthy.

Star Trek: The IMAX Experience

Star Trek

Boldly go where no one has gone before when the Aquarium's Simons IMAX Theatre presents Star Trek: The IMAX Experience. The power of IMAX transports the audience onboard the U.S.S. Enterprise to experience the film's nonstop action and mind-blowing visual effects on New England's largest screen. Through this immersive experience, follow the incredible story of a young crew's maiden voyage onboard the most advanced starship ever created. An unlikely partnership of two rivals must stop an evil being whose mission of vengeance threatens all mankind.

The Value of Membership

With all of us watching our expenses more closely than ever, membership has never been a better value! As a reminder, here are just some of the great savings that only a New England Aquarium membership can provide:

  • Unlimited, express admission. Don't wait in lines!

  • Discounts at several local garages, including the Harbor Garage adjacent to the Aquarium

  • 10% off all your purchases at the Gift Shop and the Harbor View CafĂ©

  • Discounts every time you purchase tickets for an IMAX film or one of our Whale Watch cruises, as well as complimentary passes with certain levels of membership

  • Discounted pricing on all educational programs at the Aquarium

No matter what level of membership you decide is best for you and your family, you will always receive discounted Aquarium admission for additional members of your party who need to purchase tickets.

Along with the substantial savings, you'll also receive the benefits of members-only event invitations, subscriptions to our e-newsletter and blue magazine, and much more! Join today--your membership supports the mission of the New England Aquarium and provides you with a summer of fun.

The Reef Summer Splash

Protecting the Blue Planet

A special thank you goes out to all the ocean protectors who volunteered at the Aquarium's local beach clean-ups during World Oceans Day weekend. The turnout was incredible, and nearly 100 volunteers spent the morning enjoying the sunshine and clearing Carson, Wollaston and Revere beaches of trash and debris.

Future Ocean Protectors

Photo: Future ocean protectors Jaedyn, left, and Amelia cleaned up Carson Beach. "They are thorough green girls and had a wonderful experience putting their energy where their mouths are and cleaning up the beach," said Amelia's mom, Tricia.

Make a Gift Today

Please consider making a charitable contribution to the New England Aquarium. We rely on our generous donors to contribute more than 30% of our operating budget. These funds support the educational, conservation and research programs that make the New England Aquarium a leader both locally and globally. We need your support now more than ever. Gifts of any size make a difference!

Please make a donation online today!

Now Playing at the Simons IMAX Theatre

New! Under the Sea

Wild Ocean 3D

Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean

Van Gogh: Brush with Genius

Dive in to These Family Programs

View the complete calendar of events online.

Aqua Kids Family Day

Due to its popularity, Aqua Kids Family Day will now be held every Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Curious George Discovery Corner. Created especially for families with young children, the program's stories, games and art projects focus on your favorite aquatic animals.

Rainbow Ocean Play Group
Ages 2 to 5
Spend your summer Saturdays exploring the ocean one color at a time! Sessions include free play, circle time with songs, stories and activities, art projects and games.

Aquarium Birthday Parties
Celebrate your beach baby's summer birthday by getting up close with ocean animals! Aquarium birthday parties are available exclusively to members. Book a Summer Splash birthday party and receive a discount.

Toddler with vegetablesLive the Blue Lifestyle

New England's farmers' markets are now in full swing for the summer. Visit a nearby market for the freshest produce available. You'll support your local economy and cut down on the emissions used to transport fruits and vegetables long distances. Farmers' markets are also a great way to teach kids about nutrition and include them in the kitchen. To find a farmers' market near you, visit

Massachusetts residents can also visit, which will send email reminders of upcoming events.

Marine World in the News

Sea Horse Daddies Make Splash
Teen Summer Job Hunt
Yellow Lobster with a Side of Intrigue
Volunteers Clean South Boston Beaches