New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium

Event Types Welcomed

  • Corporate Social Events
  • Family Reunions
  • Leisure Travel
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions

About

The New England Aquarium is an iconic venue for a truly unique experience. Imagine being surrounded by awe-inspiring marine life while exploring stunning event spaces, from the Main Exhibit Gallery to the Harbor View Terrace, or enjoying the state-of-the-art Simons Theatre with its immersive surround sound and giant digital projection screen. Whether you’re planning a grand celebration or an intimate gathering, experienced event staff will work with you to create a customized package that fits your vision and budget. Your guests will be treated to delicious cuisine and the opportunity to explore the Aquarium after hours. Plus, you can feel good knowing that your event supports the Aquarium’s mission of protecting the blue planet. An event at the New England Aquarium is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you and your guests will never forget.

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1400 guests
  • Largest Theatre Style: 500
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 378
  • Largest Seated Reception: 375
  • Largest Standing Reception: 1400
  • Maximum Casual Dining Seating: 885
Harbor View Terrace and Marine Mammal Center
Take in the scenery and feel the breeze in our seasonal tent and terrace. This large, tented terrace has vaulted ceilings and archways that frame Boston Harbor. Seasonally available, April through October. Maximum capacity: 325 for cocktail reception and 275 for seated dinner.
  • 275 Banquet Style
Harbor View Café
The ocean-blue tile and natural wood cathedral ceilings make the Harbor View Café the perfect setting for a dinner or intimate cocktail reception. The large windows offer spectacular views of the city skyline and Boston Harbor. Available year-round. Maximum capacity: 90 for cocktail reception and 75 for seated dinner.
  • 75 Banquet Style
West Wing Gallery
Gather and dine alongside our Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank. This venue is ideal for smaller cocktail receptions and dinners. The lower level hosts our Science of Sharks exhibit and is available for breakfast and lunch meetings. Available year-round. Maximum capacity: 75 for cocktail reception and 60 for seated dinner.
  • 60 Banquet Style
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.
  • 800 Banquet Style
Simons Theatre Lobby
With its views of Boston Harbor, high-tech capabilities, and a spacious auditorium, the Simons Theatre is ideal for in-person, virtual, or hybrid corporate meetings, receptions, holiday parties, film presentations, and more. Available year-round. Maximum capacity: 140 for cocktail reception and 100 for seated dinner.
  • 100 Banquet Style
Simons Theatre
The state-of-the-art theater with livestreaming capabilities boasts 378 plush high-backed seats, two advanced laser cinema 4K 3D projectors, a four-story projection screen, and a 1,600-square-foot stage. Available year-round. Maximum capacity: 378.
  • 378 Theatre Style

Food & Beverage Options

Catering options

Accommodations

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Air Conditioning Air Conditioning
  • Chairs
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Event Tent
  • Flexible Floor Plan
  • Hosted Bar
  • In-House Catering
  • Near Public Transit
  • Near Water
  • Open Bar
  • Outdoor Space
  • Paid Parking
  • Scenic Views
  • Tables
  • Waterfront
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation

Address

 
1 Central Wharf,
Boston, Massachusetts 02110

Transportation

  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • SubwaySubway
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Boston Logan International Airport - 12 minutes minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Boston Logan International Airport - 12 minutes minutes

Parking

  • Onsite Parking: No
  • Car Charging Stations: No

Nearby Cities

Downtown Boston

Things to Know

Catering

  • Must Use In-house Catering: Yes
  • External Catering Allowed: No
  • Can Bring in Own Food: no
  • Cultural Catering Available: No
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes
  • Do you offer tables, chairs, and linens?: Yes

Technology

We have relationships with local preferred partners for all your technology needs.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: No
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No

Testimonials

My wedding at the New England Aquarium was a dream!!! The team there worked so hard to make my vision become a reality. Amanda and Krystal are miracle workers. By the last few weeks, they were able to finish my sentences, they knew my event inside and out! I felt so prioritized and taken care of. The ceremony space is stunning and who can beat a cocktail hour inside the aquarium around all of the penguins!! We had a blast, and now I am trying to figure out how I can have another event there. I wish I could give them 100 stars!!!
Jacquie S., Bride
We LOVED our choice to get married at the New England Aquarium for so many reasons. We would recommend to everyone. Unique locations - location is beautiful and truly so unique. Everyone enjoyed cocktail hour with the fish and penguins and then the Harborwalk was beautiful for the ceremony and at night. The food was delicious, and we got many compliments on it. For a wedding in the heart of Boston it's a great value! The staff from the aquarium and catering team were exceptional. They were so responsive and made our dreams come true in many ways! They are also so flexible (as long as it doesn't endanger the animals!) on the ideas we had. Thank you.
Haley H., Bride

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