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Sanctuary Exploration Center

Welcome to the Sanctuary Exploration Center! Located just steps away from the ocean and Santa Cruz Wharf, the center features state-of-the art exhibits and interactive displays highlighting the sanctuary and its incredible underwater environment. Visitors can explore the sanctuary's remarkable marine environment as well as their personal role in protecting one of our nation's underwater treasures.

Plan Your Visit

Directions & parking, field trips, facility use and more.

Hours:

Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am - 5pm
(Closed Monday and Tuesday)
Call for holiday hours or more information:
(831) 421-9993

Free Admission!

kelp forest exhibit
Kelp forest exhibit


Learn more about the center:

sanctuary exploration center building

About the Center

Meet our staff, learn about the center's history, mission and more.

 

   

Ride the Trolley!

Avoid traffic. Enjoy a fast, fun ride between downtown and the beach for only 25 cents.


Volunteer

Guide visitors through exhibits, help with events and programs, or assist with daily operations.


Programs

Self-guided tours are available now by reservation only. Guided tours and other programs will be offered in the future.


Calendar of Events

Check out these exciting daily and special activities.


Make A Donation!



wolf eel model

Exhibits

Explore the marine sanctuary through state-of-the art displays, research discoveries and interactive exhibits.

 


tail of the whale bench

Giving Opportunities

Support our efforts to promote understanding and stewardship of the sanctuary.

URL: http://montereybay.noaa.gov/vc/sec/welcome.html    Reviewed: March 05, 2014
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