Overview: Facts and Figures
|MISSION:||To inspire conservation of the ocean.|
|GRAND OPENING:||October 20, 1984|
|LOCATION:||886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California|
|HOURS:||The aquarium is open daily, except Christmas Day. Hours of operation vary by
season. Visit www.montereybayaquarium.org or call (831) 648-4800 for daily
|ADMISSION RATES:||$49.95 Adult (18 and over)
$39.95 Senior (65 and over)
$39.95 Student (13-17, or with college I.D.)
$29.95 Child (3-12)
Group rates available for 12 or more (by reservation; 1-866-963-9645)
|INFORMATION:||(831) 648-4800; www.montereybayaquarium.org|
|(866) 963-9645 (toll free) or online at www.montereybayaquarium.org|
|OPERATING BASIS:||Private non-profit, self-supporting; no public funding; annual budget $84 million (on
the aquarium website)
|CAPITAL COST:||Ocean's Edge galleries: $55 million (opened October 1984)
Open Sea galleries: $57 million (opened March 1996)
New entry, ticket lobby and skywalk: $10 million (opened May 2004)
Ocean's Edge galleries (renovations): $11 million (opened May 2005)
Open Sea galleries (renovations): $19 million (opened July 2011)
|CURRENT SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS:||"Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes"
is the largest, most diverse living showcase ever created for these remarkable
"¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge" (opens March 19) features animals that live in Baja's
lush mangrove forests, colorful coral reefs and arid deserts - a first for the
|Nearly 200 galleries and exhibits devoted to the diverse habitats of
Monterey Bay. The four largest exhibits are the Open Sea (1 million gallons); the
Kelp Forest (335,000 gallons); Monterey Bay Habitats (326,000 gallons); and Sea
Otters (55,000 gallons).
|LIVE EXHIBITS:||More than 35,000 animals and plants representing over 550 species of fishes,
invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, birds and plants found in Monterey Bay and other
marine habitats worldwide.
|FEEDING SHOWS:||Sea Otters at 10:30, 1:30 and 3:30 daily
African Penguins at 10:30 and 3:00 daily
Kelp Forest dive show at 11:30 and 4:00 daily
Open Sea at 11:00 daily
Laysan Albatross at 1:30 daily
Watch shows via live web cams
|DIMENSIONS:||Site: 3.3 acres
Exhibits and other public areas: 175,064 sq. ft. (excludes decks)
Ocean-view decks: 25,500 sq. ft.
Behind-the-scenes: 125,300 sq. ft.
Total aquarium square footage: 322,000 sq. ft.
|ATTENDANCE:||Grand opening year: 2.37 million
Open Sea grand opening year (1996): 2.41 million
Total in 2015: 2.1 million
Annual average: 1.8 million
Total through 2015: 58 million
|STAFF AND ADMINISTRATION:||Approximately 520 full and part-time staff; over 1,200 volunteers.|
|DISABLED ACCESS:||All exhibits and aquarium facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. Most
exhibit videos are captioned; wheelchairs are available free for use during a visit.
Ask for details at the Information Desk.
|VISITOR INFORMATION:||Free visitor maps in several languages are available at the Information Desk.|
|ON THE WEB:||Visit the aquarium website for more information about all exhibits, events and
promotions. Media are welcome to register for free access to our online Newsroom,
featuring the latest news releases, press kits, high-resolution photos, previews of
available HD b-roll footage, and other visual assets.
|CONTACT US:||General aquarium inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media inquiries: email@example.com