Become a Member

Overview

Ocean Institute Membership Rates and Benefits

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

Guest Services Office

Hours: M-F 9 am – 5 pm 
Tel: (949) 496-2274

General information

Sea Star – BEST VALUE
Benefits for up to 2 named adults and their children

$150

All Basic Benefits, Plus:

  • 2 Complimentary adult tickets for either Whale Watching or Bioluminescence Cruise (a $90 Value)
  • Discounts and early registration for Summer Camps
  • 4 Complimentary admissions to the Holiday Lights Viewing Party or Tall Ships Festival (a $60 value)
  • Reciprocal benefits at over 750 institutions across North America through the North American Reciprocal Museums Association (NARM) http://narmassociation.org/ *
  • Reciprocal benefits at over 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

$25

  • Benefits for 1 named child (age 12 and under) and 1 adult guest
  • Child must be accompanied by an adult
  • Complimentary gift from the Laurena G. Chambers Gallery Book and Gift Store (certificate for gift will be mailed with membership card)

*not eligible for summer camp discount 

 

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Individual
Benefits for 1 named person

$45

  • Benefits for 1 named person and their guest

*not eligible for summer camp discount 

**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

Member
Benefits for up to 2 named adults and their children

$75

  • All basic benefits for 2 named adults and their children or grandchildren under age 18, living in the same household.

*not eligible for summer camp discount 

**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. ​

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Mariner
Benefits for up to 2 named adults and their children

$250

All Basic Benefits, Plus:

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Sealife Sponsor
Benefits for up to 2 named adults and their children

$500

All Basic Benefits, Plus:

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Ocean Advocate
Benefits for up to 2 named adults and their children

$1000

All Basic Benefits, Plus: