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The Monterey Bay Aquarium Shelf to Shore Program was created for families who otherwise cannot afford to visit the Aquarium.

Eligible adult Library cardholders can receive one free pass to the Aquarium per program year from the Pacific Grove or Monterey Public Library. One pass admits up to six family members for a one-time visit. Admission is free for children under five.

When using your Shelf to Shore pass, you must present the pass with your matching library card and Photo ID at the Main Entrance.

Who is eligible?

You can get a Shelf to Shore Aquarium pass if you:

  1. Are a resident of Pacific Grove or Monterey.
  2. Have a valid Adult (18 years or over) Pacific Grove or Monterey Public Library card.
  3. If you and your family qualify for WIC, SNAP, CalFresh, Meals on Wheels, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, Subsidized Housing, or other similar services, this program is intended for you. Ask your Librarian for details.

I am eligible. How do I get a pass?

Bring your adult library card to the Library and request an aquarium Shelf to Shore pass from the check-out desk. 

When can I use the Shelf to Shore pass?

Current passes are valid through May 26, 2022.

Passes are subject to blackout dates.

What if I want to visit the Aquarium more than once a year?

If you do not qualify for a pass, please consider an Aquarium membership. A Monterey Bay Aquarium membership gives you unlimited free admission for a year (one or two adults and children and grandchildren 5 to 21). Individual, senior and student memberships are also available.
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