Filming Guidelines



Hallie Johnson
Scripps Communications Office
Phone: 858/534-8555



Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a world-class research center and graduate school, is located in La Jolla, Calif. The public education center -- Birch Aquarium at Scripps -- sits high on a bluff overlooking the institution and the dazzling Pacific coast. Scripps Institution is part of the University of California, San Diego.


Filming Sites:


  • more than 60 marine tanks, including a 70,000-gallon kelp forest                        
  • an outdoor tide-pool plaza with coastal and ocean views
  • an interactive ocean and earth-sciences museum
  • outdoor plazas and courtyards
  • a bookshop with educational materials and gifts
  • interior galleria with glass windows and ocean views
  • a subtle-color stucco front exterior
  • an exterior balcony overlooking the tide-pool plaza and the coast
  • a two-lane road descending to the aquarium that provides breathtaking views of natural landscapes and the ocean. (Additional approvals are required for road use/parking fees are extra.)

Filming Fees:

Birch Aquarium at Scripps: $5,000 daily or any part thereof daily/ 8 hours maximum, unless waived

Additional Fees:

  • Parking
  • Overtime staff fees
  • Compensation for any damage


Check for full payment payable to U.C. Regents must be provided to the Scripps Communications Office contact prior to filming. 


  • Two weeks notice, in writing, is required for any on-site filming project requests.
  • A written request must be submitted to the Scripps Communications Office.
  • Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Not all requests are granted.

Business Hours:

Birch Aquarium at Scripps: Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
--Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day

Special Restrictions:

  • Filming may not be possible at Birch Aquarium at Scripps during open hours
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps prohibits amplified sound.
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps EIR prohibits the use of lights outdoors and prohibits excessive interior and exterior noise after 10 p.m.
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps prohibits lights near interior marine tanks.
  • Nothing can be attached to interior walls, tanks, or exhibits.

Additional Regulations:

Production company representative must sign Scripps liability release form.
Production company must provide copy of insurance coverage form.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps reserves the right to cancel filming at any time.