MBARI Open House
During this free event, our staff, scientists, and engineers will share their knowledge and enthusiasm about oceanographic research at this special event. Highlights include science exhibits, technology demonstrations, deep-sea videos, presentations about our research, robotic submarines, and children’s activities. This free event is fun for the whole family!
The last Open House was held on July 29, 2017. The date for the 2018 Open House will be announced here early in 2018.
LOCATION: MBARI is located in Moss Landing, halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey off Highway 1. The Moss Landing power plant is a visible landmark just inland of Moss Landing Harbor. From Highway 1, turn west (toward ocean) onto Moss Landing Road. Turn on Sandholdt Road and cross the bridge. MBARI is on the west side of the road. Directions.
TIME: The Open House begins at 12:00 noon and ends at 5:00 p.m. Because much of the setup occurs in the morning prior to opening, we ask that people refrain from coming ahead of time. The exhibits and activities will be available at 12:00 noon.
PARKING: Limited free public parking is available along the streets. The nearby Moss Landing Harbor District also offers some parking for a fee.
FOOD: Food and beverages will not be available at MBARI. However, there are several restaurants within walking distance. There are also several benches around MBARI that you can use to picnic with your family as well as access points to the beach.
2017 PRESENTATIONS in the PACIFIC FORUM:
12:00 An introduction to MBARI ~ Chris Scholin
12:30 MBARI’s outreach legacy ~ Judith Connor
01:00 An introduction to MBARI ~ Chris Scholin (REPEAT)
01:30 Deep-sea bio-inspired engineering design ~ Kakani Katija
02:00 Designing underwater robotic laboratories ~ Chris Preston
02:30 Bioluminescence in the deep sea ~ Steve Haddock
03:00 Deep-sea bio-inspired engineering design ~ Kakani Katija (REPEAT)
03:30 Designing underwater robotic laboratories ~ Chris Preston (REPEAT)
04:00 Bioluminescence in the deep sea ~ Steve Haddock (REPEAT)
04:30 MBARI’s outreach legacy ~ Judith Connor (REPEAT)
2017 PRESENTATIONS in the VIDEO TENT:
12:00 – 12:20 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson
12:30 – 12:50 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
01:00 – 01:20 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
01:30 – 01:50 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson
02:00 – 02:20 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
02:30 – 02:50 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
03:00 – 03:20 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson
03:30 – 03:50 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep
04:00 – 04:20 LIVE: Mysteries of the Deep)
04:30 – 04:50 Video tour of the R/V Western Flyer and R/V Rachel Carson
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can we come as a group?
A: If coming as a group of more than 15 people, please send an email to: openhouse AT mbari DOT org or call 831-775-1700. There is no room for buses to unload, turnaround, or park at MBARI. There is room at the nearby Harbor District parking area.
Q: Can I see the ships?
A: MBARI research ships will be at the dock during the event and crew from the ships will be available to answer your questions.
Q: Can I board the ships?
A: Due to Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Coast Guard regulations, the public will not be able to board the ships.
Q: Are restrooms available?
A: Yes, there are public restrooms.
For more information or to receive an announcement for our next Open House send an email to: openhouse AT mbari DOT org.