Tucked away on the bluffs of the idyllic Monterey Bay, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center is the perfect venue for your next event. From birthday parties and celebrations of life to business meetings and conferences, we have what you need to make your next event a success.

With a rental at the Seymour Center, you are supporting our public education programs and the thousands of children that come through our doors every year.

Contact us for questions or more information: seymourfacilityrentals@ucsc.edu or 831-459-1578.

The space

La Feliz Room (conference room)


With a vaulted, open-beamed ceiling, stunning views of Monterey Bay, and private adjoining deck, the La Feliz Room is a spectacular setting for your next business meeting or social gathering. Your rental of this beautiful room includes complimentary audio visual equipment, tables and chairs and access to a service kitchen that is perfect for catered events. Your guests are also welcome to explore the Exhibit Hall during the Seymour Center’s public open hours at no additional cost.


Standing: 98
Meeting/Theater Seating: 98
Meal Seating: 98


1,478 sq. ft. (approx. 29’x50′)


  • 8 AM–5 PM, Monday–Sunday
  • 10 AM–11 PM, Friday–Sunday


  • Tables and Chairs: 94 padded chairs, banquet tables, cocktail tables and console tables.
  • Audio Visual Equipment: podium with microphone, lapel microphone, handheld microphone, overhead projector (HDMI, VGA, auxiliary connections), and speakers (auxiliary connection).
  • Service Kitchen: refrigerator, microwave oven, conventional stove/oven, sink.
  • Visitor access into Exhibit Hall for all event guests during Seymour Center public open hours also included.

Exhibit Hall

With three spacious, interconnected ocean-view rooms, our Exhibit Hall offers a one-of-a-kind venue for your next gathering. Showcasing ocean research and marine conservation efforts, the Exhibit Hall also includes an aquarium that brings your guests face to face with 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. Request volunteer docents at our seawater touch table to give your guests a hands-on marine experience, at no additional charge.


Standing: 150


4,624 sq. ft., with stationary exhibits throughout.


  • 4–10 PM, Monday–Thursday
  • 4–11 PM, Friday–Sunday


  • Speakers for background music (auxiliary connection).
  • Two volunteer docents for up to two hours stationed at our seawater touch table.
La Feliz + 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.


Standing: 250
Meal Seating: 150


6,102 sq. ft.


  • La Feliz Room:
    • 8AM – 10PM, Monday through Thursday
    • 10AM – 11PM, Friday through Sunday
  • Exhibit Hall:
    • 4–10 PM, Monday–Thursday
    • 4–11 PM, Friday–Sunday


  • All La Feliz Room and Exhibit Hall amenities available.


We will work with you to customize the event of your dreams that meets your budget. Contact us for special rates for University of California, nonprofit, and government events, seymourfacilityrentals@ucsc.edu, 831-459-1578

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Hours of availability

Scheduled use of rooms must include time for your set-up, event, and clean-up. Please allow enough time for clean-up–we recommend ending your event at least one hour in advance of the end of your rental time.

All weekday (Monday–Thursday) events and music must end by 9 PM with a clean-up and exit time no later than 10 PM. All weekend (Friday–Sunday) events and music must end by 10 PM with a clean-up and exit time no later than 11 PM.

How to book

We begin reserving dates up to 12 months in advance, starting on the first of each month. To start the reservation process, we are happy to place a two-week hold on any single, available date so that you have time to schedule a tour or inquire about venue details while keeping your interested date secured; no payment or paperwork is required to place the hold.

Email seymourfacilityrentals@ucsc.edu to book your tour today!

Venue Tours

We would love to lead you on a personal tour of our venue! If you would like to take a tour of the Seymour Center to see what we have to offer, our regular tour hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Tours are approximately 30 minutes. Tours may be scheduled outside of these times based on staff availability. If you would like to go on a self-guided tour, you are welcome to visit Seymour Center anytime during our public open hours.

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