More than 430,000 people a year visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
To provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps research and to promote ocean conservation.
2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, California
9 a.m. 5 p.m. daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days
Adult – $17
Senior (60+) – $13
College Students with I.D. – $12
Child (3-12 years) – $12.50
Teen (12-17 years) – $14
UCSD Staff & Students (with ID) – $11
Children 2 & under
Group rates (by reservation: 858-534-6691)
Boundless Energy: Get charged up about the future of energy with Boundless Energy, Birch Aquarium's interactive exhibit celebrating the innovative ways we can use natural forces to power our lives. Discover how we can harness the renewable energy of the wind, sun and waves to assure a bright future for us all – one with clear skies, clean water, and healthy oceans.
Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge:
Explores the scientific facts behind climate change and global warming,
highlighting Scripps half century of climate research. Interactive
exhibits for all ages. In Fall 2007, the exhibit was named the Silver
winner in museum
design for the 2007 Event Design Awards. Sponsored by Connecticut-based
Event Design Magazine, the annual awards recognize the best designs worldwide across events, exhibits and environments. Watch a video about the exhibit here.
There's Something About Seahorses:
Saddle up for a close encounter with the sea's most captivating
creature, and learn all the unique "somethings" about seahorses. See
more than a dozen seahorse species and their relatives, visit babies in
the special seahorse nursery, investigate what makes the seahorse a
fish, and discover Birch Aquarium's award-winning efforts to conserve this threatened animal.
Hall of Fishes: Features more than 60 tanks of Pacific fishes and invertebrates from
the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of
Mexico and the Caribbean. The largest habitat is a 70,000-gallon kelp
forest. Watch online!
ElasmoBeach: Meet La Jolla's legendary leopard sharks and other species of elasmobranchs
(sharks and rays) that make their home in local waters. Our
13,000-gallon tank showcases sharks, rays, and other marine life that
live close to shore.
Features three living tide pools where visitors can touch and learn
about inhabitants with docents. Windows in the habitats provide
up-close views of starfish, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, lobsters and
other animals local to San Diego's tide pools. Pools overlook La Jolla
and the Pacific Ocean.
More than 5,000 specimens representing more than 380 species of fishes and invertebrates.
Splash! Cafe offers an array of gourmet delights next to the life-sized gray whale fountain.
Relax during a visit to the aquarium and enjoy hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, snacks, and more in an
outdoor atmosphere with plenty of seating and umbrellas for shade as needed. Open weekdays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekends 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Credit cards accepted.
The aquarium's Gift Shop
carries a wide selection of informative field guides, books about the
ocean and near-shore environments, marine-themed toys, clothing,
jewelry, fine art and more. Open 9:30-5 daily. Phone: 858-534-8753
Summer 2014: San Diegans voted Birch Aquarium at Scripps as "Best Museum" in the annual 10News.com A-List poll, for the fourth year in a row.
Summer 2013: San Diegans voted Birch Aquarium at Scripps as "Best Museum" in the annual 10News.com A-List poll, for the third year in a row.
Summer 2012: San Diegans voted Birch Aquarium at Scripps as "Best Museum" in the annual 10News.com A-List poll, for the second year in a row.
Spring 2012: Birch Aquarium at Scripps receives the Sustainable Community Leadership Award from the California Center for Sustainable Energy for promoting sustainable practices with the creation of
relevant scientific exhibits and educational programming.
Summer 2011: San Diegan's voted Birch Aquarium at Scripps as "Best Museum" in the annual 10News.com A-List poll.
February 2011: Birch Aquarium at Scripps' Education Department is a recipient of the 2010 Diversity Award at UC San Diego.
Winter 2010: For the second year in a row, San Diegans who participated in Museum Month visited Birch Aquarium at Scripps more than any other local museum.
Fall 2009:San Diego City Beat recognized Birch Aquarium at Scripps as San Diego’s “Best Place to Admire Sea Life Without Getting Wet.” Also, San Diegans voted Birch Aquarium at Scripps as the second-best Local Museum in the annual 10News.com A-List poll.
Winter 2008: Executive Director Nigella Hillgarth is recognized as a 2009 Metro Mover to Watch by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine.
Fall 2008: San Diegans voted Birch Aquarium at Scripps as a Top 3 Local Museum in the annual 10News.com A-List poll.
Spring 2008: Birch Aquarium at Scripps is named San Diego's Best Children's Activity Center or Museum in Ranch & Coast magazine's third-annual "Readers' Choice: Best of 2008" survey
Fall 2007: Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge
exhibition is named the Silver winner in museum design for the 2007
Event Design Awards. Sponsored by Connecticut-based Event Design Magazine, the annual awards recognize the best designs worldwide across events, exhibits and environments.