Thursday, October 8, 2009
Four Hopkins Marine Station biologists propose an aquarium.
Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation formed.
Construction at 880 Cannery Row begins.
Oct. 20, 1984
Seven years of efforts culminate in 10,681 visitors passing through MBA’s doors on day one.
Five months after opening, the Aquarium welcomes its millionth visitor. 1985’s 2.4 million attendees sets a U.S. attendance record.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home films at the Aquarium.
The sibling Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) is founded in Moss Landing.
The American Institute of Architects gives the Aquarium its highest honor.
Living Treasures of the Pacific debuts as part of the Aquarium’s fifth anniversary.
Sharks! dispels myths about the misunderstood creatures opens and a grant from the National Science Foundation allows expand educational services, specifically to Spanish speaking communities.
The largest exhibition of living jellies ever is presented in Planet of the Jellies; 5,300 square miles of coastal ocean, from Marin County to San Simeo,n is designated as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Stanford and the Aquarium create the Tuna Research and Conservation Center, the first facility dedicated to the study of adult tunas.
The permanent Cannery Row: From Sardines to Sanctuary debuts as part of 50th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row.
The open ocean stars at new Outer Bay galleries, a seven-year project housing drifters and swimmers of the deep blue.
MBA mantra refined to read, “The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans.”
President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore visit Monterey, for a gathering of the National Ocean Conference.
Volunteer Sharon Barlow and executive director Julie Packard are two bearers of the Olympic Torch as it passes through the Aquarium. Dr. Steve Webster, a senior marine biologist, carries the flame from Hopkins Marine Station to the Aquarium on a kayak.
A female white shark goes on exhibit in Outer Bay.
‘Cooking for Solutions’ celebrates its fourth year, hosting 14 celebrity chefs.
Attendance hits 40 million – more than the population of California.
Tripadviser.com names the Aquarium as one of the top ten places to visit in the United States.
Two debuts: Ziwa, an African spotted-necked otter is born; the Center for Ocean Solutions is founded to confront problems affecting the world’s oceans.