Address & Hours
1 Central Wharf
Off Atlantic Avenue, near Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Sat, Sun and holidays until 6pm
Extended summer hours, see details
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
1 Science Park
On the Charles River
Open daily, 9am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Summer: Open daily, 10am–10pm
Winter: Open daily, 10am–8pm
Last admission 30 min. prior to close.
Closed Christmas Day
Skywalk frequently closes for private functions. Please call (617) 859-0648 before visiting to ensure access. Upcoming closures include: March 25, closed at 2pm.
Avenue of the Arts
Closed New Year's Day, Patriot's Day (3rd Monday in April), Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
26 Oxford St.
10-minute walk from Harvard Square
Open daily, 9am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
206 Washington St.
Location On the Freedom Trail at the corner of Washington and State streets. (Near Faneuil Hall and New England Aquarium)
Open daily, 9am–5pm
Memorial Day to Labor Day: Open daily, 9am–6pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Feb 2-6, 2015
General admission to New England’s premier aquarium offering more than 800 species of marine animals.
General exhibit halls admission to explore hands-on, minds-on science.
General admission to the only observatory in New England. Includes 360-degree views, the Acoustiguide audio tour, multimedia Skywalk Theater and Dreams of Freedom Immigration Museum.
General admission to all permanent and special exhibits featuring masterpieces of art from around the world and across the ages.
General admission to all permanent and special exhibits, as well as special programs at this highly acclaimed natural history museum. Also included is admission to the adjacent Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
General Admission to RevolutionaryBoston℠ at the true heart of the Freedom Trail including all museum exhibits and tours packed with Boston's revolutionary history.
- On the Front Plaza, a slice of New England rocky coast is home to resident harbor seals.
- Myrtle, a 550-pound green sea turtle, who has been living at the Aquarium for more than 40 years.
- The largest touch tank on the East Coast, featuring more than 100 amazing animals, including cownose rays, Atlantic Rays and sharks.
- The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank features turtles, sharks, eels, stingrays, tarpon and many more colorful tropical fishes.
- The 10,000 square foot Hall of Human Life, new in November 2013, highlights breakthroughs in biology and biotechnology. With more than 70 interactive components, the exhibition revolutionizes how you engage with your biology and manage your health.
- The Museum has remained on the cutting edge of science education by developing over 700 innovative and interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate. In addition to the exhibits, there is the Mugar Omni Theater, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, the 3-D Theater, the Butterfly Garden, and the Theater of Electricity.
- Live Presentations are scheduled daily. From Design Challenges to Live Animal shows, live demonstrations are held through the day, and most are free with Exhibit Halls admission, included with CityPASS.
Please read each attraction's instructions on how and where to present your CityPASS booklet. Some attractions may exchange your CityPASS ticket for one of their own.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the box office Advanced Ticketing window (look for the CityPASS sign) and skip the main ticket line.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main box office to redeem for a general admission ticket and to purchase optional upgrade tickets.
Present CityPASS booklet at the 50th floor by proceeding down escalators to the express elevators. If you encounter a line there, you may hand your booklet to the Skywalk employee handing out the audio tours to skip the line. Exchange voucher for a CityPASS booklet at the kiosk desk located on the main level in the mall or at the 50th floor.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at ticket desk of any entrance to exchange for an admission ticket.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main visitor services admission desk. If a line develops, additional staff will be brought in to assist you.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main entrance admissions desk.
Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS
Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture
Open through May 26, 2014
Explore the complex and intricate food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork. In sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, and celebrating, this temporary exhibit illuminates the myriad ways that food is produced and moved throughout the world. Experience the intersection of food, nature, culture, health, and history — and consider some of the most challenging issues of our time.
Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.
Innovation in the Art of Food: Chef Ferran Adrià
World-famous chef Ferran Adrià is the featured subject of Innovation in the Art of Food: Chef Ferran Adrià. Through unusual tastes, textures, and untraditional high-tech appliances, Adrià and his team have added a multi-sensory, magical dimension to the experience of eating — radically revolutionizing the way food is both created and consumed. Along with Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture, this temporary exhibit supports Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis’s mission to enhance food education.
An Enduring Vision: Photographs from the Lane Collection
Open through March 30, 2014
This exhibition celebrates the Lane Collection, renowned for its deep holdings of the work of major American modernist photographers, including Charles Sheeler, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams—and given to the MFA by Saundra Lane in 2012. In addition to the early 20th-century American works assembled by William H. and Saundra B. Lane in the 1960s and ’70s, the collection includes photographs that Saundra Lane acquired after her husband’s death in 1995. This wide-ranging group includes works by early European master William Henry Fox Talbot, the 19th-century inventor of positive-negative photography, all the way up to contemporary artists, among them Robert Adams, Francesca Woodman, Kenro Izu, Irving Penn, and others working today.
Open through May 26, 2014
From pinking shears to pink ribbons, the color pink is associated with fashion and femininity; perhaps no other color has as much social significance and gender association. The fascinating exhibition "Think Pink" explores the history and changing meanings of the color as its popularity ebbed and flowed in fashion and visual culture from the 18th century to the present day.
American Gestures: Abstract Expressionism
Open through June 1, 2014
American art of the 1940s and ’50s was dominated by the gestural style known as Abstract Expressionism. In love with spontaneity and happy accidents, and favoring inspiration from the subconscious, artists invented a highly original American art language that triumphed internationally. "American Gestures" features drawings, prints, paintings, and sculpture from the late 1940s to the ’70s by Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, David Smith, Mark Tobey, Alfred Leslie, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and a number of others. Many of these works are relatively recent acquisitions, some shown here for the first time.
Climate Change: Our Global Experiment
It's an insider's look at the science of climate developed in collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Climate Change highlights the latest scientific studies about the Earth's climate.
Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller
Open through September 1, 2014
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Henry David Thoreau's The Maine Woods, the Harvard Museum of Natural History offers an exhibition of finely crafted photographic prints by photographer Scot Miller, who has traversed the state of Maine for years retracing the the footsteps of New England's native son, Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau's Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs with Scot Miller features stunning photographs of many places that Thoreau explored and wrote about along with historical information and natural history specimens from Harvard's collections. The exhibition compliments the ongoing exhibition, New England Forests in the Zofnass Family Gallery.
Upgrades for CityPASS Holders
Simons IMAX® Theatre: The 45-minute IMAX® films are available to CityPASS holders at the discounted price of $5. IMAX® Special Presentations are available for $12.95 adults, $10.95 children.
Whale Watch Cruise: April-October only. Additional cost required for CityPASS holders; check prices.
Mugar Omni Theater (IMAX®): Cost for CityPASS holders: One show, $10 adult, $8 child (3-11). Double feature (IMAX/Planetarium), $15 adult, $12 child (3-11). Free Film Fridays are back this March! Enjoy free Omni films anytime on March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.
Charles Hayden Planetarium: Cost for CityPASS holders: One show, $10 adult, $8 child (3-11). Double feature (IMAX/Planetarium), $15 adult, $12 child (3-11).
3-D Digital Cinema: Cost for CityPASS holders: $5 adult, $4 child (3-11)
Butterfly Garden: Cost for CityPASS holders: $5 adult, $4 child (3-11)
Simulator Experience: Cost for CityPASS holders: $5 adult, $4 child (3-11)
Advice for Visitors
During high travel seasons such as holidays and summer, entry lines can be longer than usual. Please keep this in mind when planning your visits to the attractions.
- Pick up a daily schedule when you arrive for feeding times, presentations, IMAX movie times and must-see exhibit infomration.
- The Aquarium is easily accessible right on the MBTA Blue Line, see details
- Visitors are encouraged to arrive at opening time to avoid crowds.
- Get 10% off a purchase of $25 or more at the New England Aquarium Gift Shop. See booklet for details.
- Don't miss live daily demonstrations, most are free with CityPASS admission, Details including schedule
- Upon arrival, stop by the box office to purchase upgrades to Special Exhibits, IMAX, Planetarium, 3D Cinema, Butterfly Garden, and Simulators. Some are offered at a reduced rate for CityPASS holders.
- Weekday afternoons are the least crowded.
- Get 10% off purchase of $25 or more. See booklet for details.
- Due to weather, business demands and private functions, the 360-degree view may not always be available; call (617) 859-0648 to check. Refunds are not given for poor visibility.
- Weekday afternoons are the least-crowded.
- Daily Programming: free guided tours, gallery talks, films, lectures, and family programs, see details
- Don't miss a close encounter with the toothed jaw of the Sperm Whale on the balcony of the Great Mammal Hall.
- Harvard Square offers an array of opportunities for dining, shopping, films, or performing arts for all interests and budgets. Make a day of it. see details
- Admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History also admits visitors to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
- Save 20% at the Museum Gift Shop on purchases of $50 or more (not including sale merchandise). See booklet for details.
- Don't miss the gallery tours, offered on the hour throughout the day and free with CityPASS admission.
- Get 50% off any one item at the Old State House or at any of the three Museum Stores at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. See booklet for details.
Parking: Boston Harbor Garage; distance: 1 min., 1/10 mi. walk, see details
Dining: An open-air restaurant (summer only), Harbor View Café,
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Accessible elevators, restrooms, and ramps; wheelchair IMAX seating; hearing and visually impaired services, see details
Handicap parking available in Harbor Garage. Drop-off space at Aquarium Plaza.
Gift Shop: In West Wing lobby
Photography: Personal use photography permitted; No tripods or stands
Lockers: Lockers and over-size item storage at Information Desk.
Strollers: Permitted in most areas. Check strollers at Information Desk; rentals not available.
Parking: Museum Garage, see details
Dining: Museum Café
Accessibility: All attractions accessible by elevator or escalator. Limited number of wheelchairs and electric scooters available at Information Booth on first-come, first-served basis. Services provided for visual and hearing impaired; see details.
Self-Guide: Museum guides available in 8 languages at Information Booth or Download (PDF) now.
Gift Shop: Museum Store
Parking: Prudential Center Garage
Dining: Top of the Hub restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible; audio tour device compatible with many hearing assistance devices.
Self-Guide: Acoustiguide Opus touch multi-media player
Gift Shop: Skywalk Gift Shop
Parking: Limited paid parking next to the museum; spaces available for visitors with disabilities.
Dining: Bravo Restaurant, New American Café, Garden Cafeteria, Taste Restaurant
Accessibility: Contact MFA regarding access, ASL tours, tours for the blind, and other accommodations: (617) 369‑3189 (voice), (617) 369‑3188 (TTY), email@example.com; see details
Self-Guide: Audio tour available at all MFA ticket desks. Adult $6, children (17 and under) $4. Includes: select exhibition tours, collection highlights in English, Spanish, Japanese, French, and Russian, 20-stops for families, and in-depth explorations of the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern galleries.
Gift Shop: Museum Bookstore & Shops
Coat Check: At each entrance, free
Parking: University garage adjacent to the museum available by advance reservation online; see details. Harvard Square parking is limited; MBTA public transportation recommended.
Dining: Restaurants in nearby Harvard Square
Accessibility: Elevators access the 3rd floor galleries via the (north) side entrance of the building at 26 Oxford Street.
Gift Shop: Museum Shop
Photography: Personal photography permitted; no tripods, commercial photography, or video cameras.
Strollers: Permitted; small, folding strollers advised. Stroller parking area at Oxford Street entrance, see details
Parking: 75 State Street Parking Garage: 75 State St., (617) 742-7275. Pi Alley Parking Garage: 275 Washington St., (617) 720-2006
Dining: Restaurants in nearby Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market
Accessibility: The Old State House has National Landmark status and is unfortunately not currently wheelchair accessible. The museum holds an ADA compliance waiver; however, is working on this matter. Please be aware that there are a lot of stairs within in the building.
Gift Shop: RevolutionaryBoston℠ Museum Shop at Old State House
Photography: Permitted, without use of a flash.
Coat Check: All large bags, large umbrellas, back baby carriers, hiking packs and luggage must be checked at the front desk baggage claim area.
Strollers: Permitted in the welcome area only. Stroller check available at the front desk baggage claim area.
MBTA: Take the Blue Line to Aquarium stop.
Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 1
MBTA: Take the Green Lechmere line to the Science Park stop
Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 4 (nearest)
MBTA: Take the E train on the Green Line to Prudential or the Orange Line to Back Bay Station.
Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 10
MBTA: Take the E train on the Green Line to the Museum of Fine Arts stop or the Orange Line to the Ruggles stop.
Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 11 (nearest)
MBTA: Red Line T to Harvard Square. Walk through historic Harvard Yard turning left at John Harvard statue, past Science Center, down Oxford Street 200 yards to museum on right.
Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 12 (nearest)
MBTA: Take the Orange or Blue Line to State Station.
Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 5
Unscheduled group visits may create a delay in entry. For your convenience, here is list of attractions with specific group requirements. We strongly recommend that you contact them prior to your visit based on the group sizes indicated below. Please feel welcome to also contact attractions not listed here to ensure a smooth entry.
Groups of 10 or more: Call (617) 495-2341.
MBTA — Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
The Boston One or Seven Day Unlimited Travel Pass provides transportation on all MBTA local buses, subways, inner harbor ferry service and commuter rail zone 1A. Available for purchase with cash, credit or debit cards at fare vending machines in all subway stations and bus terminals, as well as at retail sales vendors.
Details: (617) 222-3200 or mbta.com
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