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Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA
Toll Free Phone 800.756.3737
Phone 831.648.4888

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The aquarium, acclaimed as one of the great aquariums of the world, opened to the public on October 20, 1984. It has attracted more than 38 million visitors, and has won national awards for its permanent and special exhibitions, its architecture, and for its cultural, educational and economic impact.

Get ready to explore at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in 2006 with an explorer’s “passport” for kids and special events focusing on sharks, sea otters, jellies, deep sea exploration and more. It’s also the last chance for visitors to experience the magic of /Jellies: Living Art /and the power of /Sharks: Myth and Mystery /before these award-winning special exhibitions close in September.

A must-see for visitors in 2006 is the amazing and award-winning /Jellies: Living Art/ special exhibition, which closes on September 5. /Jellies/, which earned exhibit awards from the American Association of Museums and the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, has captivated millions of visitors since 2002 with its celebration of the aesthetic beauty of living jellies from around the world. The aquarium extended /Jellies’/ run by nearly two years because of its tremendous popularity. Fascinated visitors praise the unique blend of stunning live exhibits and intriguing art, which includes a large installation by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. One highlight is a walk-through “tunnel” that surrounds visitors with hypnotic music and hundreds of swarming moon jellies. Aquarium biologists continue to bring new species of jellies to the public, including the rare and beautiful spotted comb jelly and the gorgeous Australian spotted jelly.

Also set to close on September 5 is the intriguing and engaging /Sharks: Myth and Mystery/ a celebration of sharks and rays from around the world and the rich cultural traditions they have inspired. /Sharks /is home to nearly two dozen species in some of the largest live-animal displays ever created for a special exhibition at the aquarium. It features zebra sharks, scalloped hammerhead sharks, Southern stingrays, freshwater rays, catsharks and many other species. Visitors can gently touch shark and ray pups, try on replica shark totem masks, and make shark-related crafts in a family activity room.

Other exhibits that make Monterey Bay Aquarium the nation’s top aquarium, according to the Zagat Survey® U.S. Family Travel Guide, include a three-story living Kelp Forest, which serves as the gateway to the new /Ocean’s Edge/ galleries. The Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit is home to an impressive variety of sharks, rays and schooling fishes, and the million-gallon Outer Bay exhibit houses the most diverse community of open-ocean animals at any aquarium including tunas, sharks and sea turtles.

All exhibits and programs except /Aquarium Adventures/ are included with aquarium admission of $21.95 adult; $19.95 senior (65+); $17.95 youth and student (full-time college, with I.D.); and $10.95 children 3-12 and the disabled. *(Rates effective throughout 2006.) *Children under 3 are admitted free of charge.* *Discounted tickets for members of the military and their families can be purchased in advance at many California and Nevada installations.

Advance tickets can be purchased online; by phone from the aquarium at 1-800-756-3737.

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