Today, almost 30 years after opening, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world's richest marine regions.
More than 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species fill 34 major galleries. With nearly 200 exhibits in all, the Aquarium is a window to the wonders of the ocean.
Knut Hovden opened his cannery on the current site of the Aquarium
The Hovden Cannery closed after the sardine fishery collapsed
Plans began to take shape for a world-class aquarium showcasing the unique marine environment of Monterey Bay
A group of marine scientists, local residents and members of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation of Los Altos, California, formed the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation. Initial construction costs for the Aquarium, which ultimately total $55 million, were provided through a one-time personal gift from David and Lucile Packard.
Opening day! The Aquarium opened its doors to 10,681 its first day
Programs for schoolchildren began
The Aquarium gained movie-star status appearing in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
The Aquarium was awarded accreditation from the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) was founded
Tuna Research and Conservation Center was established
Outer Bay opened its doors after seven years of work
The Sea Otter Program revitalized its mission
Seafood Watch online program and pocket guide to sustainable seafood choices were created
Splash Zone exhibit opened
A white shark went on exhibit—the only one on exhibit anywhere in the world
Special exhibition, The Secret Lives of Seahorses, opened, becoming the Aquarium's most popular temporary exhibit ever
Special exhibition, Tentacles:
The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes, opened, presenting some of the ocean's most engaging animals