886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831 648-4800
Membership & donations: 800 840-4880
Sales center/reservations: 866 963-9645
Our doors are still closed, but the caring never stops
Our dedicated team provides round-the-clock care for our animals and maintains our complex life support systems. Without ticket revenue to cover the costs, we are asking for your support to help us continue this critical work. Learn what it takes to care for our animals and exhibits and consider making a donation today.
The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans. MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM: Explore the wonders of our ocean planet in nearly 200 galleries and exhibits at one of the world’s finest aquariums. Highlights include one of the largest jellyfish collections anywhere, a two-story exhibit of playful sea otters, a towering three-story kelp forest, a million-gallon Open Sea exhibit with sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, tunas and more; a walk-through wave crash tunnel; and the award-winning Splash Zone family galleries with tropical corals and fishes, penguins, and other engaging animals and activities.
For over 30 years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has worked to protect ocean life for future generations by inspiring young and old with the beauty and wonder of the ocean. We count on the generosity of people like you to support our urgent work.
These beautiful, oval-shaped animals have eight rows of tiny comb-like plates that they beat to move themselves through the water. As they swim, the comb rows diffract light to produce a shimmering, rainbow effect.