Monterey Bay Aquarium Winter 2014 Calendar Listing

Jan 27, 2014

Aquarium News

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. Visit for an exciting preview of aquarium exhibits and programs.

TENTACLES: THE ASTOUNDING LIVES OF OCTOPUSES, SQUID AND CUTTLEFISHES” SPECIAL EXHIBITION OPENS APRIL 12: Journey to a world of undersea magicians, masters of disguise and quick-change artists when “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes” opens April 12. “Tentacles” is the largest, most diverse living exhibition ever created to showcase these amazing marine animals. A dozen live exhibits feature such exotic, hypnotic and dramatic species as the giant Pacific octopus, chambered nautilus, Hawaiian bobtail squid, flamboyant cuttlefish, wunderpus octopus and more, possibly including never-before-seen deep-sea species.

“Tentacles” is just one of many special activities and events planned in 2014, when the acclaimed aquarium celebrates its 30th anniversary.

“COOKING FOR SOLUTIONS 2014”: Renowned chefs share their passion for fine dining and environmentally sustainable living at the aquarium’s 13th annual “Cooking for Solutions” celebration, May 16-18. The aquarium welcomes back Alton Brown, Carla Hall, Richard Blais, John Ash, and Cindy Pawlcyn for three days of exceptional culinary events – all connecting our food choices with healthy oceans. New in 2014 are a Cooking Light Light Up the Night Lounge at Friday’s Gala, and The Party with Alton Brown, a rollicking Saturday-night affair in the aquarium’s exhibit galleries with sweet and savory treats from top chefs, signature cocktails, beer and other beverages, and dance music until midnight. Reservations and ticket sales begin February 10; January 27 for aquarium members. Details and tickets: 866-963-9645 or

“THE JELLIES EXPERIENCE” SPECIAL EXHIBITION: The magical world of jellies – graceful, dancing drifters that pulse and glow, flash colorful lights and often pack a powerful sting is alive in all its psychedelic glory with “The Jellies Experience.” It features 16 species from around the world: from crystalline comb jellies that pulse like living rainbows to improbable flower-hat jellies with magenta and chartreuse highlights on transparent, pin-striped bodies; from elegant Japanese sea nettles to upside-down jellies; from a room that immerses visitors in a living moon jelly swarm, to exhibits of fluorescent jellies and Day-Glo corals. Ongoing. Included with aquarium admission.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS (through May): Dia del Niño (April 6) celebrates children and families with live music, prize drawings and Latin-American musical performances throughout the aquarium; children 12 and under admitted free all day. Cooking for Solutions (May 16-18), celebrity chefs from around the country gather for a celebration of sustainable seafood. Events include the signature gala, food and wine adventures, cooking demos and more. Visit for more information.

AUDITORIUM PROGRAMS AND TOURS: Live presenter-led programs with HD video in the aquarium’s 250-seat auditorium; included with admissionFollow a sea otter’s journey from rescue to release in “Luna: A Sea Otter’s Story”; learn about lives of great white sharks in “Project White Shark,” get acquainted with jellies, explore the deep sea canyon in Monterey Bay and find out how humpback whales have inspired windmill design. Behind-the-scenes tours include those devoted to jellies and sharks; $15 per person, plus aquarium admission; $12 for aquarium members.

ADMISSION: All exhibits included with aquarium admission – $39.95 adult; $34.95 senior (over 65) and student (full-time college, with I.D.); $24.95 children and the disabled; under 3 free (2014 prices; rates subject to change). Located at 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California. Open daily except Christmas Day. Hours of operation vary by season. Visit or call (831) 648-4800 for daily schedules, pricing and information. Advance tickets: online or by phone, 866-963-9645. Discounted tickets for members of the military and their families can be purchased in advance at many California and Nevada installations.

Notes to editors

Update includes DEBUT OF MUCH ANTICIPATED “TENTACLES” SPECIAL EXHIBITION; “COOKING FOR SOLUTIONS 2014” INFO, and SPECIAL EVENTS through MAY. New information is in BOLDFACE type. Please update all listings.

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