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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 tours, sleepovers and special events
  • Exclusive email 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

($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 $4,999)

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
  • Five complimentary one-time Aquarium admission tickets
  • Your name listed on an Aquarium donor plaque
  • Invitations to exclusive donor events with Julie Packard, executive director, including special exhibit receptions

($5,000 to $9,999)

You'll receive all the above benefits, PLUS:
  • A total of 10 complimentary one-time Aquarium admission tickets
  • Complimentary valet parking at the nearby InterContinental The Clement Monterey (bring your Packards' Circle membership cards to the valet or front desk)

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
  • 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

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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