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New England Aquarium

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM
1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
Off Atlantic Avenue, near Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Mon-Thu, 10am–5pm
Fri, 10am–8pm
Sat-Sun, 9am–6pm
Extended summer hours; visit website for current hours.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Christmas Eve, 10am-3pm. December 28-31: 9am-6pm.

(617) 973-5200
neaq.org

Museum of Science

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
On the Charles River

Sat-Thu, 9am-5pm
Fri, 9am-9pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(617) 723-2500
(617) 589-0417 TTY
mos.org

Franklin Park Zoo

FRANKLIN PARK ZOO
1 Franklin Park Rd
Boston, MA 02121, USA

Open Daily
Apr 1-Sep 30: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9am-6pm
Oct 1-Mar 31: Mon-Sun 9am-4pm
Last entry half hour before closing.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
May close or close early for special events; visit website for current hours.

(617) 541-5466
franklinparkzoo.org

CityPASS Admission

New England Aquarium

General admission

Some exhibits and experiences may be temporarily unavailable.

Museum of Science

General exhibit halls admission

Franklin Park Zoo

General admission

Highlights

New England Aquarium

  • Get a magical look at a Caribbean coral reef in the Giant Ocean Tank, with more than 3,000 carefully sculpted coral elements and more than 1,000 animals, including Myrtle, a 550-pound green sea turtle who has been living at the Aquarium for more than 40 years.
  • Gently stroke cownose rays, Atlantic rays and epaulette sharks as they swim gracefully through the crystal clear water of the Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank (will be closed September 3 to October 24). See the only two species of seadragons in the world in the seadragon exhibit.
  • Dozens of penguins populate our rockhopper and African penguin colonies. Watch them hop, dive, and fly through the water.
  • View brilliantly colored tropical fish darting and swimming across the lush seascape of our 9,000-gallon, floor-to-ceiling Indo-Pacific coral reef habitat. This immersive and captivating exhibit accentuates the dazzling colors of the ocean and helps visitors learn about these “rainforests of the sea” that are so essential to supporting thousands of species of fish, sea turtles, sharks, and other marine life.

Museum of Science

  • Get an up-close view Cliff the Triceratops, a 65-million-year-old fossil discovered in the Dakota Badlands in 2004.
  • Take a journey inside the human body in the Hall of Human Life, where you’ll learn about breakthroughs in science that will change the way you engage with your biology and manage your health
  • Catch one of the live demonstrations that take place daily, from design challenges to live animal shows.
  • Explore the 700+ innovative and interactive exhibits for hands-on experiences that will entertain and educate minds of all ages.

Franklin Park Zoo

  • See Masai giraffes graze the wide expanse of the Giraffe Savannah alongside a herd of Grevy’s zebras.
  • Enjoy a little slice of Australia—the land down under! Say “G’day Mate!” to kangaroos and emus on the Outback Trail. Don't forget to listen for the kookaburras, with their distinct call resembling human laughter.
  • Experience the majesty of the king of the jungle, the African lion, in several distinct ways: climb into a “crashed” land rover and come nose-to-nose with a lion sniffing around the hood of your car; exchange glances with these magnificent beasts through a glass at a ranger station, or peek at them from across a moat as they soak up the sun.
  • Listen to the hooting, cooing and whistling of the Bird's World exhibit, home to dozens of species of birds from around the globe, including tawny frogmouths, sunbitterns, Gouldian finches, and other indigenous birds from swamplands, scrublands and wetlands.
  • Enter the rarefied world of the rainforest, where dozens of free-flight birds swoop through lush greenery and rushing waterfalls in a habitat home to hundreds of animals, including ring-tailed lemurs, Baird’s tapirs, pygmy hippos, ocelots, and our western lowland gorillas—observed up close and personal at five glass viewing stations.

CityPASS Entry

Visit the CityPASS Travel Guide for detailed information on advance reservations and entry.

Offers/Upgrades

New England Aquarium

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase of $25 or more at the Gift Shop.

Simons Theater Giant Screen: Upgrade to a combo ticket for $5 and enjoy a giant screen experience. (Simons Theater is open weekends only through December.)

Museum of Science

Simulator Experience: Cost for CityPASS guests: $6 adult, $6 child (3-11)

4D Theater: Cost for CityPASS guests: $6 adult, $5 child (3-11)

Butterfly Garden: Cost for CityPASS guests: $6 adult, $6 child (3-11)

Charles Hayden Planetarium: Cost for CityPASS guests: One show, $10 adult, $8 child (3-11). Double feature (IMAX/Planetarium), $16 adult, $14 child (3-11).

10% off Your Purchase: Get 10% off your purchase of $25 or more at the Museum of Science Gift Shop.

Mugar Omni Theater (IMAX®): Cost for CityPASS guests: One show, $10 adult, $8 child (3-11). Double feature (IMAX/Planetarium), $16 adult, $14 child (3-11).

Franklin Park Zoo

Behind the Scenes Tour: Meet some amazing animals and have your questions answered by experienced Zoo educators on a Behind-the-Scenes Tour, available for an additional fee starting at $150 (book at least two weeks in advance). Ask for details at admission booth.

10% off Your Purchase: 10% off a purchase of $25 of more at the Franklin Park Zoo Gift Shop.

Advice for Visitors

New England Aquarium

Tips:
  • Pick up a daily schedule when you arrive for feeding times, presentations, IMAX movie times and must-see exhibit information.
  • For everything you need to know to plan your visit, click here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: An open-air restaurant (summer only), Harbor View Café
  • Gift Shop: Aquarium Gift Shop

Best time to visit: Visitors are encouraged to arrive at opening time to avoid crowds.

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.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Call (617) 973-5206 at least 24 hours before arriving at the Aquarium.

Museum of Science

Tips:
  • Don't miss live daily demonstrations; most are free with CityPASS admission.
  • To book upgrades, you can: purchase ahead of arrival on mos.org; purchase at the self-serve kiosks by the ticket windows upon arrival; or purchase at the box office upon arrival. In addition, you can purchase the Butterfly Garden and the 4D Theatre upgrades at e-kiosks located right outside of those venues.
  • Museum guides are available in 8 languages at the Information Booth, or you can download the English version here.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Museum Café
  • Gift Shops: Museum Store

Best time to visit: Start your day at the museum at 9am.

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.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Groups: Groups of 15 or more: Call (617) 723-2500 at least 24 hours before arriving at the Museum of Science.

Franklin Park Zoo

Amenities:
  • Dining: Giddy-Up Grill, Kalahari Kitchen (seasonal), outdoor picnic locations available
  • Gift Shop: Things Wild Gift Shop

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

Accessibility: Click here for information on accessiblity.

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