Shelf to Shore Aquarium Passes were valid
September 4, 2018 through May 24, 2019. We are expecting new
passes after Labor Day.
Monterey Bay Aquarium and MCFL Offer
Aquarium Access for
Eligible adults (18 years of age and older) can receive one free pass to the
Aquarium per program year from MCFL. One
pass admits up to six (6) family members for a one-time visit.
What is it?
The Shelf to Shore
program was created for families
who otherwise cannot afford to
visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The Aquarium partners locally
to distribute one free pass per year to eligible adult residents of
Monterey County. Salinas Public
Library and Watsonville Public Library provide free passes to eligible
adults living within their communities.
Who is Eligible for a pass? You must meet all of the following
Qualify as low-income* (described below).
adult (18 years of age or older).
Show proof that
you are a current resident
Have a valid Monterey County Free
The library is required to verify that you are a resident of
Monterey County, an adult 18 years of age or older, and have a valid
MCFL card. The library
does not ask for proof of low-income.
Note: Shelf-to-Shore passes are to be used for family visits to the
Aquarium only. For example, adult chaperones on school field trips
cannot use Shelf-to-Shore passes for free admission.
What qualifies as low-income*? Low-income is defined by the Aquarium for this program as enrollment
in the Free School Lunch Program, WIC/SNAP, Meals on Wheels, Medi-Cal,
Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, or similar services. Proof of
low-income eligibility is based on the honor system.
How do I get a pass? If you
are eligible, visit your local branch of MCFL to request a pass. Eligible adults may obtain one free
pass to the Aquarium once a program year from MCFL. One pass admits up to six (6) family members for a one-time
Shelf to Shore passes are available at all
MCFL branches and bookmobiles.
MCFL can only give out passes to Monterey County residents. Please bring your library card with you when requesting
a pass. If you don’t have a library card, please bring some current ID showing your residential address so you can apply for a library card.
If you are NOT eligible for a
free pass, you may:
Visit during the annual Community Open
House, the first full week of December every year: For all residents, regardless of income, from the Tri-County
region (Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito)
Consider Membership in the Aquarium
Take advantage of the
Aquarium new Locals Programs with special pricing on admission for
Bay Aquarium to
learn more about ocean life and conservation.