Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey, California



Considered by many to be one of the best in the world, this is definitely in the top 5 of the U.S.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has attracted more than 47 million visitors and has won awards for its exhibits, architecture, and cultural and educational impacts. We’re located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and open daily except Christmas. Hours vary by season. Daily schedules available at or by calling (831) 648-4888.

What to expect

Our mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans.

Tours / Technology

This museum makes use of technology as few I’ve seen. TAKE your smart phone (dumb phones too) and use their mobile website, the native app, AND your texting feature to immerse yourself into the living collections that surround you. You won’t miss any WOW or LOL moments with their live texting features. Wireless internet is available at the Aquarium free of charge. You can browse the internet with your Wi-Fi-enabled cell phones, tablets and other devices.

Collection highlight

The giant pirate ship is a huge hit for must kids!


We offer discounted tickets to active duty and retired military personnel at the door. However, your entire group can receive the discounted rate by purchasing tickets through a military base.

AAA members may also receive a discount when purchasing tickets directly from any Northern California AAA office. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is unable to sell AAA discounts at the gate.

We offer our “two days for the price of one” ticketing program through participating hotels. You may also purchase discounted tickets to the Aquarium plus four more top San Francisco attractions with CityPASS. Additionally, companies sometimes provide discounted tickets to their employees. These special rates are not available through the Aquarium itself, but must be purchased directly from these institutions. We also extend a discount to groups of 12 or more when paying together with an advance reservation.

The Aquarium strives to be fully accessible to the disabled. Wheelchairs are available free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis at the Information Desk inside the Main Entrance. Learn more about our accessibility options


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And by all means, GIVE back to the museum to help support the animals.


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