National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

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The Sanctuary Exploration Center And Offices Are Now Closed To The Public.

This is a precautionary measure to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following local and departmental guidance, and will continue to monitor the situation. We thank you for your understanding. (11/2/2020)

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Gift and Bookstore

Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday

As a free visitor center, we rely on your support. Your purchases go to directly to our non-profit National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to help fund education programs and new exhibits. Contact us at (831) 421-9993.

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Featured items:


Map: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Map: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary This popular and detailed sanctuary map shows the contours of the surface above and below water. It contains bathymetric and topographical information only recently discovered by science.

Available for $12.95


Poster: Grand Canyon of Monterey Bay

Poster: Grand Canyon of Monterey Bay A vibrant poster depicting the beauty, wonder and wildlife of the Monterey Bay submarine canyon—one of the nation's largest underwater canyons and a defining feature of the sanctuary.


Poster Series: Threatened & Thriving

Poster Series: Threatened & ThrivingA beautifully illustrated set of six posters tease the mind to identify which species are threatened and which are thriving.

Set of three available for $9.95.

Both sets available for $17.95


Notecard Series: Threatened & Thriving

Notecard Series: Threatened & ThrivingSix different cards based on posters with envelopes.

Available for $9.95

Book: Coralito's Bay

Book: Coralito’s Bay
The captivating story of a young boy's imaginary adventures through the undersea wonderland of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Available for $9.95


Adult Whale Tail Sweatshirte

Tee Shirt with Ray Troll rockfish artwork
This unique Whale tail artwork is original to our store. Stay warm with this 10 oz. cotton pullover sweatshirt available in sizes S-XL.