Today's Hours

Members: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
General Public: 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Daily Schedule

Membership Office

Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.,
Mon.–Fri. (except holidays)
Tel: 800.840.4880
Fax: 831.644.7554
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Benefits for all levels include:

  • Unlimited free admission for one year
  • Express entry through our Member Entrance
  • Special evening and early morning hours
  • 10 percent discount in our Gift & Bookstore
  • Discounts on tours, sleepovers and special events
  • Previews of special exhibitions
  • Exclusive email announcements
  • Free subscription to our member magazine, Shorelines


Ocean Advocate $300
2 designated adults plus children or grandchildren (ages 3-21) and 2 transferable guest cards*

Family $250
2 designated adults plus children or grandchildren (ages 3-21)

Individual $95
One designated adult

Student $75
One designated college student (with valid ID)

Senior $75
One designated adult (age 65+)

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*Guest cards are intended for use by family and friends. They may not be re-sold on third-party websites or used with vacation rentals and businesses. The misuse of guest cards will result in the loss of this benefit.

Membership fees are considered donations and therefore non-refundable.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 94-2487469). Contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. You'll receive an acknowledgment stating the value of any tangible benefits received.

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Join Us for Our Next Member Event

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Members' 35th Anniversary Party

Saturday, October 5

7–9 p.m.

It’s time to celebrate! We’re so grateful for our members and donors who have made it possible to reach 35 years since opening our doors. Join us for a special anniversary party honoring all we’ve done and all we’re doing — together.

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We're swimming in ocean plastic pollution — sometimes literally. Right now, California is leading the way toward a solution. Join us and support a policy that stems the tide at its source.

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Inspire the Next Wave of Ocean Leaders

You can create life-changing experiences for young children, teens and teachers. Help us deliver the most robust suite of education and youth development programs of any aquarium in the nation.

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