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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. 

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All Ocean Institute Memberships are non-refundable.

General information

Sea Star – BEST VALUE
Benefits for 2 named adults and their children or grandchildren: 

$150

  • 2 Complimentary adult tickets for either Whale and Marine Life Tour or Bioluminescence Cruise (a $90 value)
  • 4 Complimentary admission tickets to either the Holiday Lights Viewing Party or Tall Ships Festival (a $60 value) 
  • 10% discount at the Laurena G. Chambers Gallery Book and Gift Store 
  • Free Admission year-round to Ocean Education Center Programs & Weekday Tours
  • 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. 

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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 & Tours
  •  10% discount 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.
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Individual
Benefits for 1 named adult and a guest:

$45

  • Free Admission year-round to Ocean Education Center Programs 
  • 10% discount 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 

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Family
Benefits for 2 named adults and their children or grandchildren: 

$75

  • Free Admission year-round to Ocean Education Center Programs & Tours
  • 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
Benefits for 2 named adults and their children or grandchildren: 

$250

  • Free Admission year-round to Ocean Education Center Programs & Tours

  • Discounts and early registration opportunities for Ocean Institute events

  • 4 Complimentary adult tickets for either Whale and Marine Life Tour 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. Chambers Gallery Book and Gift Store 

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Sealife Sponsor
Benefits for 2 named adults and their children or grandchildren:

$500

  • 4 Complimentary adult tickets for either Whale and Marine Life Tour or Bioluminescence Cruise (a $180 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.
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Ocean Advocate
Benefits for 2 named adults and their children or grandchildren: 

$1000

  • 8 Complimentary adult tickets for either Whale and Marine Life Tour 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.