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Tours

photo of tour of the main lab

The Friends of MLML organization offers tours of the MLML facility to the following groups:

Tours last approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour.  MLML facilities visited may include the following, depending upon availability: MLML visitor center, John H. Martin Point of View, classrooms, laboratories, museum, and aquaria. Tour content may include information on: the MLML graduate program, local and coastal marine habitats, regional history, graduate student and faculty research at MLML, marine ecology and biology, oceanography, and careers in marine science. Please see the appropriate section below for more information on tours:

School and non-profit youth groups

School groups (3rd grade - graduate school) and non-profit youth outreach groups are eligible for free tours of the MLML facility.  Minimum group size is 8 individuals, and maximum is 30 (20 or fewer is preferred).  If a group has more than 30 individuals, the group needs to break into 2 or more groups, and the tour times must be staggered at least 1 hour apart.  The group that is not actively engaged in the tour cannot use the MLML facility to wait.  For groups grades 3-6, one chaperone is required for every 8 children.  For groups grades 7-12, one chaperone is required for every 14 children. Tours are available Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and MLML closures, and dependent upon tour guide availability.  Tours may be scheduled for the hours between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM.  Please call 831-771-4400 or email frontdesk@mlml.calstate.edu to arrange a tour.

Friends of MLML

Friends of MLML may attend free tours provided on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month at 2 PM.  Each Friend may bring up to four guests.  Please RSVP for the tour by calling 831-771-4400 at least 2 weeks in advance. To check to see if you are still a Friend of MLML, please call 831-771-4464.  To become a Friend by making a gift to MLML, click the button below:

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General Public

The general public may attend tours of the MLML facility by either becoming a Friend of MLML (please see above section) or arranging a group tour.  The fee for group tours is $75 ($40 for senior groups) and maximum group size is 20 individuals.  Tours are available Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and Lab closures, and dependent upon tour guide availability.  Tours may be scheduled for hours between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM.  To arrange a tour, please call 831-771-4400.