Become a Member

Overview

Ocean Institute Membership Rates and Benefits

Become a Member Today!

You can make a difference by becoming a supporting member of the Ocean Institute. Membership gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to increase understanding and awareness of the ocean environment, while receiving numerous benefits, such as free admission, discounts, and special events. 

Basic Membership Benefits

FREE ADMISSION all year to our Ocean Education Center Programs 

Support the Ocean Institute’s conservation and education programs 

Discounts and early registration opportunities for Ocean Institute events! 

10% off at the Laurena G. Chambers Gallery Book and Gift Store 

Invitation to the Annual Members-Only Cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer

General information

Sea Star – BEST VALUE
All Basic benefits for up to 2 named adults and their children, plus: 

$150

  • 2 Complimentary adult tickets for either Whale Watching or Bioluminescence Cruise (a $90 value) 
  • 4 Complimentary admissions to the Holiday Lights Viewing Party or Tall Ships Festival (a $60 value) 
  • 10% off at the Laurena G. Chambers Gallery Book and Gift Store 
  • Free Admission year-round to Ocean Education Center Programs 
  • Discounts and early registration opportunities for Ocean Institute events 
  • Invitation to member-exclusive events and activities 
  • Discounts and early registration for Summer Camps 
  • Reciprocal benefits at more than 750 institutions across North America through the North American Reciprocal Museums Association (NARM) http://narmassociation.org/ 
  • Reciprocal benefits at more than 80 museums through the Council of American Maritime Museums (CAMM) https://councilofamericanmaritimemuseums.org/ 
  • Discounts on Birthday Parties

**Senior, Military and Student discounts available.  You must purchase your membership either in-person or by phone to receive this discount.  A valid ID is required. 

General information

Jr. Explorer (Child Membership)
Benefits for 1 named child (age 12 and under) and 1 adult guest 

$25

  •  Free Admission year-round to Ocean Education Center Programs 
  •  10% off at the Laurena G. Chambers Gallery Book and Gift Store 
  • Support the Ocean Institute’s conservation and education programs 
  • Discounts and early registration opportunities for Ocean Institute events! 
  • Complimentary gift from the Laurena G.
General information

Individual
All Basic benefits for 1 named adult and their guest:

$45

  • Free Admission year-round to Ocean Education Center Programs 
  • 10% off at the Laurena G. Chambers Gallery Book and Gift Store 
  • Support the Ocean Institute’s conservation and education programs 
  • Discounts and early registration opportunities for Ocean Institute events!

*not eligible for summer camp discount 

General information

Family
All Basic benefits for up to 2 named adults and their children: 

$75

  • Free Admission year-round to Ocean Education Center Programs 
  • 10% off at the Laurena G. Chambers Gallery Book and Gift Store 
  • Support the Ocean Institute’s conservation and education programs 
  • Discounts and early registration opportunities for Ocean Institute events! 

* Not eligible for summer camp discount

General information

Mariner
All Basic benefits for up to 2 named adults and their children, plus: 

$250

  • 2 Complimentary adult tickets for either Whale Watching or Bioluminescence Cruise (a $90 value) 
  • 4 Complimentary admissions to the Holiday Lights Viewing Party or Tall Ships Festival (a $60 value) 
  • 15% off at the Laurena G.
General information

Sealife Sponsor
All Basic benefits for up to 2 named adults and their children, plus: 

$500

  • 4 Complimentary adult tickets for either Whale Watching or Bioluminescence Cruise (a $90 Value) 
  • 4 Complimentary admissions to the Holiday Lights Viewing Party or Tall Ships Festival (a $60 value) 
  • 2 Invitations to Ocean Institute VIP Events 
  • 20% off at the Laurena G.
General information

Ocean Advocate
All Basic benefits for up to 2 named adults and their children, plus: 

$1000

  • 8 Complimentary adult tickets for either Whale Watching or Bioluminescence Cruise (a $360 Value) 
  • 8 Complimentary admissions to the Holiday Lights Viewing Party or Tall Ships Festival (a $120 value) 
  • 4 Invitations to Ocean Institute VIP Events 
  • 4-person, Marine Biologist-guided, private tour of Ocean Institute labs 
  • 4-person guided, private tour of the Ocean Institute Tall Ships, Spirit of Dana Point and Brig Pilgrim 
  • 20% off at the Laurena G.