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Annual donors provide critical support for our ocean conservation programs, including field research on animals like great white sharks, sea otters and bluefin tuna; sustainable seafood programs like Seafood Watch; and our free education programs benefiting over two million of California's schoolchildren and their teachers since opening day. Thank you for considering joining one of our esteemed Donor Circles.

Benefits for All Annual Donors

Donors providing annual contributions receive all membership benefits, including:
  • Unlimited free admission for one year
  • Personalized membership cards for each family member
  • Express entry through the Member Entrance
  • Special evening and early morning hours
  • 10 percent discount in our Gift & Bookstore
  • Discounts on Aquarium Adventures programs and special events
  • Exclusive e-mail announcements and monthly e-newsletter
  • Free subscription to our member magazine, Shorelines
  • A special toll-free helpline with live operator

Ocean Advocate Donor Circle

($500 to $999)

You'll receive all the above benefits, PLUS:
  • Two transferable guest cards good for free admission
  • Invitations to special exhibit previews and exclusive donor events, including Donor Morning
  • Two complimentary passes to a behind-the-scenes tour
  • A limited-edition gift designed exclusively for our donors

($1,000 to $2,499)

You'll receive all the above benefits, PLUS:

  • A total of four transferable guest cards good for free admission
  • Your name listed on an Aquarium donor plaque

Packards' Circle

($2,500 to $9,999)

In our Packards' Circle, you'll receive all Ocean Advocate Donor Circle benefits, PLUS:
  • Special Packards' Circle membership cards for each family member
  • A total of four transferable guest cards good for free admission
  • Complimentary one-time Aquarium admission tickets
    (5 tickets for $2,500; 10 tickets for $5,000)
  • Your name listed on an Aquarium donor plaque
  • Invitations to exclusive donor events with Julie Packard, executive director, including special exhibit receptions
  • Discounted parking rates at the nearby InterContinental The Clement Monterey hotel

Leadership Council of the Packards' Circle

($10,000 to $25,000)

In our Leadership Council, you'll receive all Packards' Circle benefits, PLUS:
  • A total of 15 complimentary one-time Aquarium admission tickets
  • Your name listed on an Aquarium donor plaque
  • Your name listed on our special donor plaque in the new Ocean Education and Leadership Center (applies only if your donation is made toward the Ocean Education and Leadership Center fund)
  • Invitations to attend exclusive Leadership Council events featuring prominent guest speakers; a chance to learn more about current ocean conservation issues
  • Private Aquarium tour with advance reservation

($25,000 and above)

  • A total of 20 complimentary one-time Aquarium admission tickets
  • A special tour of our Animal Research and Care Center and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
  • A private lunch and personalized behind-the-scenes tour with Julie Packard, executive director

Join now

To join by fax or e-mail, download the form (PDF).

Already part of a Donor Circle? Renew now.