Filming at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Information and Requirements

Taking photos or video for commercial purposes, including for stock images, advertising and merchandise, is prohibited without proper authorization from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Location filming and photography requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Fees are incurred for commercial location shooting.

Due to the volume of requests we receive, we cannot individually respond to every one. You should receive a reply within 72 hours if we can advance your request.


Submit a filming application to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Click and complete the following short form.

Location Filming Application




Additional information:

  • At least two weeks' advance notice is required to accommodate most filming requests.
  • Pilot TV programs, student films, or unsold documentaries or films cannot be accomodated.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium reserves the right to cancel any shoot at any time if it is not in the best interest of Aquarium animals, staff or guests, or if it defies the Aquarium’s mission or any of the guidelines outlined.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium cannot accommodate filmings on weekends, holidays, and during Aquarium buyouts due to increased attendance and impact on guest experience. Filming blackout dates may apply during peak attendance seasons (i.e. spring break, summer, holidays).