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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. The mission of Birch Aquarium is to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps research, and to promote ocean conservation.

Birch Aquarium provides ocean science education through creative exhibits, programs and activities designed to help people use critical thinking, and to make science relevant to their daily lives.

Birch Aquarium interprets Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the science used to study Earth, and inspiring public support of scientific endeavors.

Birch Aquarium promotes conservation through education and research, believing that with increased understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect the marine environment.

Admission Rates
Adult: $17
Teen (13-17): $14
Child (3-12): $12.50
Senior (60+): $13
UCSD student/staff w/ID: $11
College Student w/ID: $12
Ages 2 and under: Free

Upcoming event at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Holiday Night Lights At Birch Aquarium At Scripps

  • Tomorrow, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Bioluminescence is more than beautiful, it also helps creatures survive. Get hands on with glowing activities, meet scientists who study illuminating creatures, and create a glowing path on a bioluminescent carpet. Celebrate the season with living light! All ages welcome. At the Holiday Night Light Celebration you can: -Learn about Fluorescence, Bioluminescence, and Phosphorescence through hands on activities and encounters with live creatures that glow. -Go on a “night dive” ... Read more

All upcoming events at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Infinity Cube At Birch Aquarium At ScrippsStarts April 7, 2017

'Research In Action: 100 Island Challenge'Starts July 12, 2017

Seas ’N’ Greetings Starts December 1, 2017

Holiday Night Lights At Birch Aquarium At ScrippsTomorrow

Tidepooling Adventure With Birch AquariumJanuary 28, 2018

Past events

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Business hours

Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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