What is the Monterey Bay Aquarium app?

The Aquarium's official app for iPhone® and iPod touch® helps you get the most out of your visit. You'll learn about our animals and exhibits—plus programs and special events you won't want to miss! You can even share beautiful, professionally photographed Aquarium images with family and friends via Facebook, Twitter or e-mail. The app also includes a map that highlights our exhibits, animals and amenities.

What features does the Aquarium app include?

The Aquarium app enables you to:

  • Learn all about our animals and exhibits plus programs and special events.
  • Set reminders for daily feeding shows and Auditorium Programs.
  • Find your way to exhibits, animals and amenities using the map.
  • Share your experience via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.
  • Track the exhibits you've seen.
  • Create postcards with beautiful, professional photographs provided by the Aquarium, or share your own customized photos via the app.
  • Get tips that will help you get more out of your visit.
  • Get information about the Aquarium including operating hours, phone numbers and our location.

How do I get the Aquarium app?

The Aquarium app is free. You can download the app on the App Store or search for "Monterey Bay Aquarium" on the App Store and download it to your device. You can also use your computer to download the app from iTunes and then sync your device.
Download on the App Store

What devices will the Aquarium app work on?

The Aquarium app is compatible with any iPhone, iPod touch and iPad® with (iOS) version 7.1.3 or later, but is optimized for iOS 8. The iPod touch must be connected to Wi-Fi.

Is there a version of the Aquarium app for Android phones?

No, but we may consider this in the future.

What is the difference between the Aquarium app and the Aquarium mobile website?

The Aquarium website is mobile-friendly and may be used by devices other than the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The Aquarium app offers more features than the mobile site.

How much does the Aquarium app cost?

The Aquarium app is free. Note that if your device uses a cellular network (rather than Wi-Fi) to download data, you may be charged usage rates.

Does it take a long time to download the Aquarium app?

The Aquarium app is filled with beautiful, high-quality photos so the installation may take a few minutes to download if you're on your cellular network instead of Wi-Fi. The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers free Wi-Fi on site.

Can I use the Aquarium app offline or in Airplane Mode?

The app is designed to store most images locally on your device, so you can access them even if you're in Airplane Mode (wireless features disabled) or without a network connection. However, you do need to be connected to the internet to receive feeding times, Auditorium Program times and operating hours or to share your experience via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.

Where can I use the Aquarium app?

The Aquarium app can be used anywhere, but we recommend that you connect to a Wi-Fi network if one is available. As an alternative, you can use the Aquarium app offline or in Airplane Mode.

How do I access free Wi-Fi at the Aquarium?

  • Go to Settings.
  • Select Wi-Fi.
  • Make sure Wi-Fi is ON.
  • Click on the blue arrow next to "MBA Public WiFi" and make sure Auto-Join is turned ON.
  • Accept the Terms of Use on the Log In page.
  • You're done!

Can the Aquarium app remind me of a feeding show or Auditorium Program?

Yes! If an exhibit has a feeding show for that day and it hasn't yet passed, the time(s) will appear as well as a button to set a reminder for minutes or even hours before its time. You can also find the times for daily and future Auditorium Programs from within the Calendar.

Can I purchase tickets to the Aquarium through the Aquarium app?

Not currently. However, you can visit our website to view ticketing information.

Can I get dining information through the Aquarium app?

Yes, you can find information for our various dining options by choosing "Dining at the Aquarium" from the Info screen. Operating hours, phone numbers and details for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant and Cafe and our coffee bar are included.

Can I view the Aquarium's e-news from the Aquarium app?

While you can't view the e-news from within the app, you can choose "E-newsletter" from the Info screen to subscribe.

Does the Aquarium app provide a map to help me get around the Aquarium?

Yes! The app includes a map that highlights our exhibits, animals and amenities.

How do I remove the Aquarium app from my device?

Press and hold the Aquarium app icon until it wiggles. Press the "X" in the corner and confirm deletion when asked.

What if I have feedback or questions about the Aquarium app?

We value your feedback! Please submit comments and questions to equarist@mbayaq.org.