The Sanctuary Exploration Center! is located just steps away from the ocean and Santa Cruz Wharf, the center features state-of-the art exhibits and interactive displays highlighting Monterey Bay National Marine 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.
The Center features a broad range of technology based exhibits including several large format high definition displays, a movie theater, and classroom complete with a projector. All of this technology makes us an incredibly versatile space, and an ideal location for hosting movie screenings and film festivals. Our stunning exhibit hall is also a great place for showing artwork in both digital and classical formats. Our gift and book store features local and sustainable products that further support our mission of protecting the marine environment as well as educating the public about these incredible resources. Our gift store is also home to rotating art exhibitions from local artists who specialize in ocean themed work.
The Exploration Center is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified building making us a model for sustainable, environmentally sensitive design, construction and operation. This type of construction helps create a healthier environment, minimizing adverse impacts on the natural systems that support life on land and in the ocean.