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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

Perspectives Lecture: Annual Keeling Lecture

  • Monday, May 8, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Please join us for a special Perspectives on Ocean Science event, the seventh annual Charles David Keeling Memorial Lecture. The Keeling Lecture series is in memory of distinguished Scripps Professor Charles David Keeling's life and invaluable contributions to climate science and Scripps. This year our speaker is Dr. Rosina Bierbaum. Rosina is a professor at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, and School of Public Health. ... 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

Perspectives Lecture: Annual Keeling LectureMay 8, 2017

Soroptimist International Of La Jolla Bucket List BashMay 13, 2017

Green Flash Concert Series At Birch Aquarium: JohnnyswimMay 17, 2017

Explorers Club: Pier Into ScrippsMay 21, 2017

Green Flash Concert Series At Birch Aquarium: CrackerJune 21, 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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