We’ve been seeing pods of Risso’s dolphins near the Aquarium in recent days. This great photo from Giancarlo Thomae of Sanctuary Cruises shows how athletic they are. There’s even speculation that this one could be pregnant. What do you think?

We’ve been seeing pods of Risso’s dolphins near the Aquarium in recent days. This great photo from Giancarlo Thomae of Sanctuary Cruises shows how athletic they are. There’s even speculation that this one could be pregnant. What do you think?

Celebrate children and families at our 13th annual Día del Niño event on Sunday, April 6. Enjoy live Latin music performances, crafts, special bilingual programming and more. Free with Aquarium admission!Learn more

Celebrate children and families at our 13th annual Día del Niño event on Sunday, April 6. Enjoy live Latin music performances, crafts, special bilingual programming and more. Free with Aquarium admission!

Learn more

Have you seen them? It’s a great time to go whale watching, with plentiful pods of orcas circulating in Monterey Bay.Learn more about whale watching in our area 
(photo ©Jim Capwell/www.divecentral.com)

Have you seen them? It’s a great time to go whale watching, with plentiful pods of orcas circulating in Monterey Bay.

Learn more about whale watching in our area

(photo ©Jim Capwell/www.divecentral.com)

Enjoy three delicious days of remarkable culinary experiences with some of the finest chefs in the nation at Cooking for Solutions, May 16-18! 
From our fabulous Friday Gala, to intimate Food & Wine Adventures and a decadent new Saturday night dessert party with Alton Brown, you’ll have a weekend of ways to meet great chefs, savor fine food and wine, and discover ways to save the oceans—one meal at a time. Learn more

Enjoy three delicious days of remarkable culinary experiences with some of the finest chefs in the nation at Cooking for Solutions, May 16-18!

From our fabulous Friday Gala, to intimate Food & Wine Adventures and a decadent new Saturday night dessert party with Alton Brown, you’ll have a weekend of ways to meet great chefs, savor fine food and wine, and discover ways to save the oceans—one meal at a time. 

Learn more

Enter our “It’s Time for Tentacles!” sweepstakes and you could win an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of our new special exhibition: Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes.
You’ll also get free Aquarium access for the day and an Aquarium gift card to use in our Gift & Bookstore or restaurant. Bonus: Based on entries received, we’ll select one winner each week to receive a special gift package. Enter now

Enter our “It’s Time for Tentacles!” sweepstakes and you could win an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of our new special exhibition: Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes.

You’ll also get free Aquarium access for the day and an Aquarium gift card to use in our Gift & Bookstore or restaurant. Bonus: Based on entries received, we’ll select one winner each week to receive a special gift package.

Enter now

Professional educators are an essential part of our conservation mission—each year hundreds of teachers and administrators come to the Aquarium to enhance their knowledge of our oceans and learn classroom activities. Teacher program applications due soon: March 31 for secondary programs, and April 7 for elementary programs. Learn more.

Professional educators are an essential part of our conservation mission—each year hundreds of teachers and administrators come to the Aquarium to enhance their knowledge of our oceans and learn classroom activities.

Teacher program applications due soon: March 31 for secondary programs, and April 7 for elementary programs.

Learn more.


Are our aquarists passionate about our forthcoming exhibit, Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes? Just take a look at the items adorning their offices!

We hope you’re looking forward to the exhibit, too!

Learn more on our website or see some video highlights.


Just a few weeks left! California residents, please “check the box” on your state tax form to help save sea otters! The fund supports researchers and partners who are working to understand the impacts facing the threatened southern sea otter, and to find ways to recover the population in California.  (Gerry Lemmo)Learn more.

Just a few weeks left! California residents, please “check the box” on your state tax form to help save sea otters! The fund supports researchers and partners who are working to understand the impacts facing the threatened southern sea otter, and to find ways to recover the population in California.  (Gerry Lemmo)

Learn more.


Guest chef wanted! Show your culinary talents in a video and help Clover support the Aquarium. You might get to be a guest chef alongside our celebrities at Cooking For Solutions, May 16–18! Learn more: http://cloverstornetta.com/guestchef/

Guest chef wanted! Show your culinary talents in a video and help Clover support the Aquarium. You might get to be a guest chef alongside our celebrities at Cooking For Solutions, May 16–18!

Learn more: http://cloverstornetta.com/guestchef/

Need a new wallpaper for your computer or mobile phone? This bigfin reef squid is one of the many amazing species you’ll see when our Tentacles special exhibition opens April 12. Download the wallpaper now.Enter to win an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.

Need a new wallpaper for your computer or mobile phone? This bigfin reef squid is one of the many amazing species you’ll see when our Tentacles special exhibition opens April 12.

Download the wallpaper now.


Enter to win an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour.


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.