Birch Aquarium at Scripps celebrates its 20th anniversary at its current location in September 2012.

20 Years on Expedition Way


From its infancy more than 100 years ago, the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography has dedicated itself to maintaining a public aquarium that brings people and the ocean together. In September 2012, Birch Aquarium at Scripps celebrated the first 20 years at its current location along Expedition Way in La Jolla.

Atop a picturesque bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and world-renowned Scripps Oceanography campus, Birch Aquarium at Scripps has hosted more than 6 million visitors from across the United States and around the world since opening on Sept. 16, 1992. Visitors have included U.S. presidents and other high-ranking government officials, royalty and Hollywood superstars. The aquarium remains one of San Diego's top cultural destinations, attracting more than 400,000 visitors each year.