Boston Aquarial Gardens

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Boston Aquarial Gardens, Bromfield Street, 1859

The Boston Aquarial Gardens (1859-1860) was a public aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts, established by James Ambrose Cutting and Henry D Butler. The "conservatories [were] filled with rare marine animals imported and collected exclusively for this establishment; ... a perfect and striking illustration of life beneath the waters."[1] The business was located on Bromfield Street in the Financial District.

In 1860 it moved to a new facility nearby, on Central Court, off Washington Street, and re-opened as the Boston Aquarial and Zoological Gardens.[2]


  1. ^ Boston Post, April 12, 1859
  2. ^ Winsor. The memorial history of Boston: including Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 1630-1880, Volume 4. Boston: James R. Osgood, 1886

Further reading[edit]

  • "Mrs. Partington Visits the Fishes". New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette; Date: 08-17-1859
  • Catalogue of fishes, mollusca, zoophytes, &c., &c., at Aquarial Gardens, no.21 Bromfield Street, Boston; Cutting & Butler, proprietors. In: Willem Theodorus Gevers Deynoot. Aanteekeningen op eene reis door de Vereenigde Staten van Noord Amerika en Canada, in 1859. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1860. Google books
  • Aquarial Gardens. Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts); Date: 07-20-1860

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Coordinates: 42°21′25″N 71°03′36″W / 42.357°N 71.060°W / 42.357; -71.060