Put a beagle on your license plate! Now Snoopy has his own California plate, featuring an  original Snoopy drawing by Charles Schulz doing a happy dance. We’re happy too, since proceeds go towards supporting California’s museums and other institutions.
Learn more: http://www.snoopyplate.com/index.cfm

Put a beagle on your license plate! Now Snoopy has his own California plate, featuring an  original Snoopy drawing by Charles Schulz doing a happy dance. We’re happy too, since proceeds go towards supporting California’s museums and other institutions.

Learn more: http://www.snoopyplate.com/index.cfm

Just placed on exhibit! For the first time anywhere, we have South American sea nettles on display. We grew them behind the scenes from tiny ephyrae (babies), received from a research lab in Argentina. They’re now about eight inches!

See them now in “The Jellies Experience

Did you know that the seafood choices you make can help support healthy oceans? Not all fish are caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways, but each of us has the power – by the way we choose to spend our money – to shape demand for seafood that’s been caught or farmed sustainably.

This new video from our Seafood Watch program quickly shows you how you can help protect the ocean just by asking your local grocery store or restaurant if they serve sustainable seafood. The oceans will thank you for it!

The Seafood Watch program provides scientifically based recommendations on what seafood options are best for the environment. You can also download the free Seafood Watch app or pick up a consumer pocket guide today.

Learn more about choosing sustainable seafood!

A special Valentine’s regalo for our Spanish-speaking fans!

¡Por si acaso te gustaría desearle a tus seres queridos un feliz día de San Valentín, te ofrecemos dos tarjetas electrónicas en español! No se te olvide a unirte a nuestra página de Facebook en Español.

Love ocean animal babies? Come to our February 15 Member Night and let us introduce you to the many we’ve had over the past 30 years!
Learn more and become a member now

Love ocean animal babies? Come to our February 15 Member Night and let us introduce you to the many we’ve had over the past 30 years!

Learn more and become a member now

Win Tickets to “The Party with Alton Brown”
Enter to win tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “The Party with Alton Brown” sweepstakes, Feb. 10-28. You could land one of two pairs of tickets to the new Cooking for Solutions event everyone’s talking about! This decadent dessert-focused fête on Saturday, May 17, is perfect for late-night party lovers. Meet special guest host Alton Brown, who will be on hand to sign books throughout the evening. Enjoy music, sweets, savory surprises, signature cocktails and more. (You must be 21 or older to enter and attend.)
Bonus: Based on entries received each week, we’ll select one weekly winner to receive a gift package filled with some surprisingly delightful goodies!
Enter now! 

Win Tickets to “The Party with Alton Brown”

Enter to win tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “The Party with Alton Brown” sweepstakes, Feb. 10-28. You could land one of two pairs of tickets to the new Cooking for Solutions event everyone’s talking about! This decadent dessert-focused fête on Saturday, May 17, is perfect for late-night party lovers. Meet special guest host Alton Brown, who will be on hand to sign books throughout the evening. Enjoy music, sweets, savory surprises, signature cocktails and more. (You must be 21 or older to enter and attend.)

Bonus: Based on entries received each week, we’ll select one weekly winner to receive a gift package filled with some surprisingly delightful goodies!

Enter now

Today’s the day! Tickets on sale to Cooking for Solutions, May 16-18. It’s the culinary event of the year!
Learn more and buy tickets now
 

Today’s the day! Tickets on sale to Cooking for Solutions, May 16-18. It’s the culinary event of the year!

Learn more and buy tickets now

 

Join us in celebrating the 186th birthday of Jules Verne. Considered one of the fathers of science fiction, he’s best known for his novels Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and our favorite, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870).

Readers in Verne’s day loved his vivid portrayals of adventurers Phileas Fogg, Otto Lidenbrock and Captain Nemo, as well as his fantastical inventions — including a powered submarine and deep-sea exploration — some of which are now part of our modern world.

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea inspired many ocean explorers, including William Beebe, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Robert Ballard. Jacques Cousteau called it his “shipboard bible.”

Verne’s stories are still widely appreciated today, nearly 150 years after they were first published. He is the second-most translated author in the world, between Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare.

We tip our hat to Verne and the giant octopus from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea when ”Tentacles:  The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes" opens April 12.

The special exhibition includes the most diverse living collection of these cool creatures ever, plus art, literature and contemporary cultural artifacts showing how they have captured our imagination for over 4,000 years. We feature the illustration above from as well as an early edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

While we all have to wait a little to see “Tentacles,” we don’t have to wait to journey 20,000 leagues under the sea, courtesy of this Google Doodle from 2011 in honor of Verne’s birthday. Dive in!

Learn more about “Tentacles”

Can volunteering at the Aquarium help keep you young? Amazing 94-year-old Paul Croonquist receives 8,000-hour award from Executive Director Julie Packard, in the company of his daughters and wife Phoebe. Thank you Paul, and all our volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you!

Learn more about volunteering

Excited about “Tentacles”, our forthcoming special exhibition focusing octopuses, cuttlefish and kin? Take a behind-the-scenes look at the workshop of Bay Area artist Nemo Gould, who’s creating our amazing kinetic sculptures from found materials.

Learn more about the exhibit

About me

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.