|Aquariums and museums offer a chance to explore worlds that many of us will never be able to visit firsthand. Not only do they offer many ocean and marine-related teachings but they let us get in touch with the sea through surfing and art as well. The sites listed here are some of my favorites because of what they promote: conservation and education. As far as I know, none of these places capture marine mammals for their exhibits. Some allow touching of bat rays, a questionable practice, but their benefits outweigh this oversight on their part. Feel free to invite me to visit one with you. More sites in other states and places will be forthcoming.|
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California
Overview of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, educational materials, visitor information and more. Can't replace the real thing but it sure is nice to look at between visits.
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California
Aquarium overview, site map, visitor and volunteer information. Nicely laid out and let's you buy tickets online.
Cabrillo Marine Museum, San Pedro, California
A great marine museum dedicated to education. Watch for their guided grunion run nights in the spring.
International Surfing Museum, Huntington Beach, California
Great site dedicated to surfing and skating (the skateboard kind). Next time you're kicking it on the HB pier, take a few moments to walk a couple blocks up Main, turn left on Olive and check out their exhibits. Nice people.
California Surf Museum, Oceanside, California
Check out the web site then go visit. Any place dedicated to surfing has to be special.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps, La Jolla, California
Part of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a world-class ocean research institute. Their bookstore carries great reference material for ocean and marine sciences.
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California
Features the Steinhart Aquarium, the Natural History Museum and the Morrison Planetarium. Awesome web science education features, covering earth and ocean science, natural history, earthquakes, astronomy and more!
Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, Oregon
A beautiful web site from the people that gave Keiko his life back. Worth a visit on your way up or down the coast.
The Seattle Aquarium, Pier 59, Seattle, Washington
This is a spectacular aquarium that has received accolades for years. Their web site features an educator's guide to salmon and watersheds, among many other features.
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
Vast. Enchanting. Epic. Web site includes theasuri and vocabulary tools. If you go, check out the fountain by Robert Irwin, which recreates the hydrological cycle.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and The Geffen Contemporary (GC), Los Angeles, California
Find out about the latest exhibitions and special events. There is always a connection to the sea in modern art. I used to volunteer at the Temporary Contemporary, now the Geffen Contemporary (when did that happen?)
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, California
Beauty site! Find out about the Van Gogh exhibition coming Jan 17 - April 4. Van Gogh loved the sea, according to me.