Rent the Seymour Center

Experience spectacular views of Monterey Bay for your next event!

Kindly note that we are unable to confirm any facility rental bookings of any kind until we have more information regarding a reopening date. Additionally, our regular facility rental policies and procedures are subject to change once we reopen, in order to adhere to all state and university regulations surrounding COVID-19. Please still feel free to reach out to us with any questions or to inquire about placing a tentative hold on a date, up to one year in advance. We thank you for your patience and understanding, and wish you and yours the best.

Located on the bluffs of Monterey Bay on the west side of beautiful Santa Cruz, California, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center is an ideal event venue for social gatherings such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations of life, and retirement parties, and equally fitting for business occasions including meetings, conferences, lectures, annual parties, luncheons, and more.

Plus, when you rent space at the Seymour Center, you not only enjoy an unsurpassed venue—you also support our education programs!

Inquire today by emailing us at We look forward to helping make your event a success!

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There are three facility rental options:

La Feliz Room

Santa Cruz conference meeting rentalWith a vaulted, open-beamed ceiling, stunning views of Monterey Bay, and private adjoining deck, the La Feliz Room is a spectacular setting for business meetings and social gatherings. Rental of this beautiful conference/banquet room includes audio visual equipment, tables and chairs, as well as access to a service kitchen that is suitable for catered events. Event guests are also welcome to explore the Exhibit Hall during the Seymour Center’s public open hours at no additional fee.

Exhibit Hall

Seymour Center Santa Cruz Event VenueConsisting of three spacious, interconnected ocean-view rooms, the Exhibit Hall is the public space of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and offers an incredible setting for larger social gatherings. The Exhibit Hall showcases ocean research and marine conservation efforts and includes an aquarium that brings guests closer to the creatures of the Monterey Bay. Your rental of the Exhibit Hall includes access to Shipwreck Deck—a private, ocean bluff deck with sweeping views of Monterey Bay—and the option to request volunteer docents at our seawater touch table for a hands-on experience, at no additional charge.

La Feliz Room and Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall

The premier experience at the Seymour Center, this rental consists of the entire public area of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center from the Exhibit Hall to the La Feliz Room (excluding teaching classrooms), with access to both ocean bluff decks. All La Feliz Room and Exhibit Hall amenities available for use.

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Contact our Facility Rentals Office at for more information and to check availability of a date. We look forward to meeting you!

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