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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: $18.50
- Child (3 - 17): $14.00
- Senior (60+): $15.50
- Students or UCSD Staff with ID: $15
- Ages 2 and under: Free
- Active duty, reserve, veteran/retired US military ID holders receive $2 off each ticket.

Upcoming event at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Oddities: Hidden Heroes Of The Scripps Collections

  • Friday, June 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … giant tube worm? Don’t miss Birch Aquarium’s new comic-inspired exhibit that highlights the astonishing adaptations (aka superpowers) of creatures from the world-renowned Scripps Oceanographic Collections. Marine species have developed amazing ways to survive — from super vision and invisibility to protective armor and the ability to create electricity. See the unique specimens, learn what it takes to collect scientific samples, and ... Read more

All upcoming events at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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

Oddities: Hidden Heroes Of The Scripps CollectionsJune 29, 2018

Sunsets & Superheroes June 29, 2018

Green Flash Concert: The FixxJuly 18, 2018

Green Flash Concert: Livin’ On A Prayer & The Springsteen ExperienceAugust 15, 2018

Green Flash Concert Series: Pine Mountain Logs & VeniceSeptember 26, 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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