“Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes”Exhibit Facts

What: A $3.5-million special exhibition that features the largest, most diverse living exhibits of rarely seen and amazing octopuses, squid and cuttlefishes, along with engaging interactive experiences that are the hallmark of exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes” opens on April 12, 2014.
Where: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, California
When: Opens April 12, 2014, included with aquarium admission
The exhibit: The 3,700-square-foot exhibition features any of the two dozen species of octopuses, squid and cuttlefishes, plus chambered nautiluses, that will rotate through a dozen living exhibits. The exhibition tells the story of amazing masters of disguise and the adaptations that have allowed these accomplished hunters to thrive for hundreds of millions of years. Four exhibit galleries take visitors into the mysterious world of cephalopods, combining live displays with immersive experiences and hands-on activities created by the aquarium’s award-winning team of exhibit designers and developers. 
What's unique:

Features the largest and most diverse living exhibits ever created to showcase unique: octopuses, squid and cuttlefishes, including visitor favorites like the giant Pacific octopus, and introduces visitors to the Hawaiian bobtail squid, wunderpus octopus, and other colorful and mysterious cephalopods. On occasion there may also be displays of never-before-exhibited deep sea squid and octopuses collected in collaboration with the aquarium’s sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. An egg lab showcases the aquarium’s groundbreaking work in rearing these incredibly complex animals. Multimedia interactive experiences include one in which visitors mimic the color-shifting ability cephalopods use to ambush prey, hide from predators, or communicate with potential mates; another interactive lets visitors control the movement of a model chambered nautilus, or model squid that race through water using jet propulsion. The exhibition features art pieces highlighting 4,000 years of human fascination with cephalopods, from historical replicas to contemporary mechanical sculptures commissioned especially for “Tentacles”. 

Admission: Included with aquarium admission: $39.95 adult; $34.95 senior (over 65) and student (13–17 or with college ID); $24.95 child (3–12) (2014 rates). Children under 3 are admitted free. Group rates are available with advance booking for parties of 20 or more.
Parking / shuttle service: Parking in Cannery Row parking garage three blocks away. (Passenger drop-off shuttle in front of aquarium.) Free MST trolley service links the aquarium with service: downtown Monterey, Pacific Grove and waterfront destinations during peak summer season (Memorial Day to Labor Day).
Information / advance tickets: General information is available at www.montereybayaquarium.org or (831) advance 648-4800. Advance tickets are available online or by calling (866) 963-9645. tickets There is no service charge to print tickets at home or to pick them up on arrival. There is a small fee to receive tickets by mail. Local hotels also sell two-day tickets (at one-day prices) to their guests.