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Location & Hours

Location & Hours

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Location & Hours

New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Off Atlantic Avenue, near Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Mon-Fri, 9am–5pm
Sat-Sun, 9am–6pm
Extended summer hours; visit website for current hours.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(617) 973-5200
neaq.org

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

Boston Harbor Cruises

One Long Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Across from the Long Wharf Marriott and steps from New England Aquarium

Daily departures vary with the season. Be sure to check website prior to planning your cruise.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Day.

(617) 227-4321
bostonharborcruises.com

Harvard Museum of Natural History

26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

10-minute walk from Harvard Square

Open daily, 9am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

(617) 495-3045
hmnh.harvard.edu

Franklin Park Zoo

1 Franklin Park Rd
Boston, MA 02121, USA

Open Daily
Apr 1-Sep 30: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm
Oct 1-Mar 31: Mon-Sun 10am-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

Museum of Science

General exhibit halls admission

Boston Harbor Cruises

A 90-minute Historic Sightseeing Cruise of Boston Harbor

Harvard Museum of Natural History

General admission to all permanent and special exhibits and special programs, plus admission to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Franklin Park Zoo

General admission

Indoor exhibit buildings, playgrounds and some attractions and activities may be temporarily unavailable.

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.

Boston Harbor Cruises

  • Get a unique perspective of the city and some of the best views of Boston’s skyline–great for picture taking.
  • Enjoy lively commentary on Boston’s history, character, sites, stories and more, provided by your onboard live narrator.
  • Cruise past the actual site of The Boston Tea Party and the Old North Church, where Paul Revere’s famous "one if by land, and two if by sea" signal is said to have been sent.
  • See the 1760s Gardiner Building, also located on Long Wharf. It once housed John Hancock's counting house and is the wharf's oldest surviving structure.
  • Board the boat on Long Wharf, where the first locomotive to arrive in America landed from England in 1830, and where Boston’s first cargo of bananas landed in 1871.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

  • See the amazingly realistic Glass Flowers collection, with over 4,300 models on display representing more than 780 plant species. Don’t miss the new rotating exhibit Fruits in Decay, featuring detailed models of fruits in various stages of decay.
  • Find your birthstone gem in our expansive mineral gallery, featuring thousands of rare mineral specimens dating back to the beginning of our solar system.
  • Visit the Africa Gallery and see impressive mounted specimens of African wildlife collected over a century ago, including hippopotamus, lion, ostrich, hyena, gorilla, and a variety of rare animals from the island of Madagascar.
  • View dinosaurs in the paleontology gallery, including the first Triceratops skull ever discovered.
  • Explore recently added permanent exhibits including The Rockefeller Beetles, Sea Creatures in Glass Evolution, Climate Change, and Marine Life. All exhibits draw from Harvard University collections and reflect the most current scientific research.

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

New England Aquarium

Present your mobile tickets at the information desk OR present your CityPASS booklets at the Will Call window to skip the main ticket line and receive your general admission ticket.

Museum of Science

Present your tickets at box office or at entrance.

Boston Harbor Cruises

Present your tickets at the ticket booth on Long Wharf to receive your timed ticket. If you've made reservations in advance, please also present your confirmation number. (Call 617-227-4321 or 1-877-SEE-WHALE to reserve in advance.)

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Present your tickets at the main visitor services admission desk. If a line develops, additional staff will be brought in to assist you.

Franklin Park Zoo

Present tickets at admission booth.

Admission is on a timed-entry basis; CityPASS guests will receive the next available time upon arrival and do not need advanced reservations.

Offers/Upgrades

New England Aquarium

Simons IMAX® Theatre: Upgrade to an IMAX® combo ticket for $5.

Whale Watch Cruise: April-October only. Additional cost required for CityPASS holders; check prices.

Discount: 10% off a purchase of $25 or more at the Gift Shop. See booklet or CityPASS Travel Guide for details.

Museum of Science

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

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

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

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

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

Discount: 10% off purchase of $25 or more at Museum of Science Gift Shop. See booklet or CityPASS Travel Guide for details.

Boston Harbor Cruises

New England Aquarium Whale Watch: CityPASS holders receive $3 off a New England Aquarium Whale Watch presented by Boston Harbor Cruises. Present CityPASS booklet at BHC ticket booth on Long Wharf when purchasing whale watch tickets. See details here.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Discount: Save 10% at the Natural History Museum Shop on a purchase of $25 or more (not including sale merchandise). See booklet or CityPASS Travel Guide for details.

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.

Discount: 10% off a purchase of $25 of more at the Franklin Park Zoo Gift Shop; see booklet or CityPASS Travel Guide for details.

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.

Boston Harbor Cruises

Tips:
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to boarding time.
  • We strongly recommend that you reserve your trip, especially on weekends and holidays. Trips often sell out. Call 617-227-4321 or 1-877-SEE-WHALE (733-9425) to make your reservation.
  • Remember to apply sunscreen if riding on the open upper deck.
  • If space allows, CityPASS holders may choose to take a USS Constitution Cruise or a Sunset Classic Cruise in lieu of the Historic Sightseeing Cruise.
  • Cruises have plenty of comfortable indoor space and are a great way to see the sights of Boston from the water during cooler weather.
Amenities:
  • Dining: A full line of food and drink is offered aboard cruise vessels.

Accessibility: Boston Harbor Cruises is dedicated to providing excellent service to customers of all abilities. Their goal is to provide a water transportation system that is safe, dependable and inclusive, thereby expanding the transportation options available to all their customers, including those with disabilities. For more information please click here.

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

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Call (877) SEE-WHALE to make a reservation at least one day in advance of arrival.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Tips:
  • Admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History also admits visitors to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
  • Visit hmnh.harvard.edu for information on parking, special exhibitions, free lectures, special events, family days, and museum classes.
  • The Great Mammal Hall features a giraffe, zebra, sloths, lemurs, and six whales hanging from the ceiling.
  • Harvard Square offers an array of opportunities for dining, shopping, films, or performing arts for all interests and budgets. Make a day of it.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Restaurants in nearby Harvard Square.
  • Gift Shops: The Shop at HMNH

Accessibility: The Harvard Museum of Natural History is dedicated to accessibility for all visitors. The museum’s galleries are located on the third floor. The museum's front entrance at 26 Oxford Street is not accessible. An accessible entrance is located on the left side of the building at the North Entrance.

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

Groups: Groups of 10 or more: Call (617) 495-2341 in advance of arrival.

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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