The centerpiece of the new Marine Life exhibition—a floor-to-ceiling recreation of life in New England’s coastal waters—immerses visitors in the astounding diversity and dynamic interplay among animals in marine communities just off local shores.

As models of glowing jellies, a giant sea turtle, and other sea animals appear to swim above their heads, museum goers learn about new research and explore displays of real fishes, mollusks, crustaceans, corals, and other marine organisms selected from the world-renowned collections of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.

A special interactive display introduces visitors of all ages to the amazing world of jellyfish, and the ocean exploration theater takes them on a multimedia journey of discovery into the surface and deep oceans of the world, guided by Harvard biologists.