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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

Sea Days: 100 Island Challenge

  • Today, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Discover Science, Exploration & Adventure. Coral reefs are often referred to as the "rainforests of the sea," and like rainforests they face many challenges. Researchers at Scripps Oceanography are studying 100 islands to track over time. Learn more about what it takes to study coral reef diversity without having to don a wetsuit! SEA Days is included with aquarium admission. Public Admission price is $18.50 for adults and $14 for ... Read more

All upcoming events at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Expedition At Sea Gallery Featuring Research Vessel, Sally Ride (Permanent Exhibition)Starts October 28, 2016

Infinity Cube At Birch Aquarium At ScrippsStarts April 7, 2017

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

Sea Days: 100 Island ChallengeToday

Green Flash Concert Series At Birch Aquarium: Pine Mountain Logs And Venice September 20, 2017

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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