Libraries & Other Agencies

Young visitor in jelly window

Shelf to Shore Program

The Aquarium partners with public libraries to provide free access for low-income families who reside in Monterey or Santa Cruz counties. Eligible adults can use their library card to receive one free pass to the Aquarium per year. One pass admits up to six family members for a one-time visit. Visit the libraries' websites for more information on eligibility and date restriction.

Participating libraries:
Children get a close-up view of the dynamic world of the intertidal in a bubble window of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Wave Crash exhibit

Free to Learn Program

Our Free to Learn program provides complimentary group admission to eligible government agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve low-income, at-risk and underserved children, adults and families. Learn more