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Location & Hours

Location & Hours

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Highlights

CityPASS Entry

Offers/Upgrades

Advice for Visitors

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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

Open daily, 9am-5pm
Jul 5 - Labor Day until 7pm
Fri, 9am–9pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

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

Skywalk Observatory

Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199

Summer: Open daily, 10am–10pm
Winter: Open daily, 10am–8pm
Last admission 30 minutes prior to close.
Closed Christmas Day
Skywalk frequently closes for private functions. Please call (617) 859-0648 or check website before visiting to ensure access.

(617) 859-0648
skywalkboston.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

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 and June 17, 2017.

(617) 227-4321
bostonharborcruises.com

CityPASS Admission

New England Aquarium

CityPASS includes general admission to New England’s premier aquarium offering more than 800 species of marine animals.

Museum of Science

CityPASS includes general exhibit halls admission to explore hands-on, minds-on science.

Skywalk Observatory

CityPASS includes general admission to Skywalk, including 360-degree views, Acoustiguide audio tour, multimedia theater and Dreams of Freedom Museum.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

CityPASS includes general admission to all permanent and special exhibits and special programs at this highly acclaimed natural history museum. Also included is admission to the adjacent Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Boston Harbor Cruises

CityPASS admission includes a fully-narrated 90-minute Historic Sightseeing Cruise of Boston Harbor.

Highlights

New England Aquarium

  • Get a magical look at a Carribean 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. See the only two species of seadragons in the world in the seadragon exhibit.
  • Don’t miss the bustling penguin colony, home to three species of penguins and over 80 individual penguins in all.
  • Get wrapped up in Tentacles! Look for the giant Pacific octopus in its newly expanded habitat and watch its cuttlefish cousins change colors before your eyes. From petite red octopuses to graceful sea jellies, dive into the dazzling diversity of these mysterious ocean animals as Tentacles take hold.

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.

Skywalk Observatory

  • Start your tour of Boston with 360-degree panoramic views of the city and countless Boston Landmarks.
  • Get a real flavor of the city’s distinctive Culture and neighborhoods with engaging interactive exhibits.
  • Explore the city’s historic past with the included multimedia tour and Dreams of Freedom Museum.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

  • See the amazingly realistic Glass Flowers collection, with over 3000 models on display representing more than 830 plant species.
  • Take a walk through the woods in New England Forests, where you’ll learn about the natural history and ecology of New England’s regional forests and the creatures that live there.
  • 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.
  • Examine thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones, plus rock and mineral specimens dating back to the beginning of our solar system, in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Gallery.

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 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.

CityPASS Entry

New England Aquarium

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the box office Advanced Ticketing window (look for the CityPASS sign) to skip the main ticket line and receive general admission to New England’s premier aquarium, offering more than 800 species of marine animals.

Museum of Science

Explore hands-on, minds-on science with general admission to exhibit halls. Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main box office to redeem for a general admission ticket and to purchase optional upgrade tickets.

Skywalk Observatory

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. Present CityPASS voucher at the kiosk desk located on the main level in the mall or at the 50th floor. Receive general admission including 360-degree views, the Acoustiguide audio tour, multimedia Skywalk Theater and Dreams of Freedom Immigration Museum.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

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. CityPASS includes 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.

Boston Harbor Cruises

Present your CityPASS booklet or voucher at the ticket booth on Long Wharf (look for the CityPASS sign) for access to the 90-minute Historic Sightseeing Cruise.

Offers/Upgrades

New England Aquarium

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.

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

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 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.

Discount : 10% off total purchase at BHC Gift Shop. See booklet 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.
Amenities:
  • Dining: An open-air restaurant (summer only), Harbor View Café
  • Gift Shop: In West Wing Lobby

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.

Museum of Science

Tips:
  • Don't miss live daily demonstrations; most are free with CityPASS admission.
  • Upon arrival, stop by the box office to purchase upgrades to Special Exhibits, IMAX, Planetarium, 4-D Theater, Butterfly Garden, and Simulators. Some are offered at a reduced rate for CityPASS holders.
  • Museum guides available in 8 languages at Information Booth or Download (PDF) now.
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.

Skywalk Observatory

Tips:
  • 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.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Top of the Hub restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center
  • Gift Shops: Skywalk Gift Shop

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible; audio tour device compatible with many hearing assistance devices.

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

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Tips:
  • 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.
  • Admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History also admits visitors to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
Amenities:
  • Dining: Restaurants in nearby Harvard Square.
  • Gift Shops: Museum Shop

Accessibility: Elevators access the 3rd floor galleries via the (north) side entrance of the building at 26 Oxford Street.

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

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

Boston Harbor Cruises

Tips:
  • Arrive at least 15 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, Sunset Cruise or Charles River & Locks Cruise in lieu of the Historic Sightseeing Cruise.
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.

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