25 Years "On the Hill" Celebration

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Join Us to Celebrate 25 Years “On the Hill”

Saturday, September 16: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Though there have been several iterations of the Scripps aquarium since the very beginning of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1905, the opening of Birch Aquarium on Sept. 16, 1992 took the aquarium to the next level, expanding the reach of the institution’s public outreach arm.

To celebrate this milestone, Birch Aquarium is hosting a family-friendly anniversary event featuring live music, face painting and crafts as well as science interactions highlighting the latest science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Enjoy festive décor and family-friendly activities throughout the aquarium,  learn which aquarium residents have been there since the very beginning and contribute to the “Wall of Fishes,” sharing your hopes and dreams for the future of the aquarium. There will also be a scavenger hunt and craft activities. All 25th Anniversary events are included in Birch Aquarium admission and free for members.

All 25th Anniversary events are included in Birch Aquarium admission and free for members.

Don't Miss the Gift Shop

Birch Aquarium members receive 20% off and non-members receive 10% off their purchase at the Gift Shop on September 16. This discount cannot be combined with other offers.

Schedule of Events 

Time Event Location
ALL DAY Scavenger Hunt Information Booth Check-In
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Fish Printing Craft Education Courtyard
ALL DAY "Wall of Fishes" Activity The Galleria 
ALL DAY Favorite Memories Slideshow The Galleria 
10 to 10:45 a.m.  Live Music — Hullabaloo Boundless Energy 
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Live Music —Lee Coulter Tidepool Plaza Stage
12:15 to 1 p.m.  Live Music — Hullabaloo Boundless Energy 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Interactive Photo Booth  Feeling the Heat
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Face Painting  Boundless Energy 
1 to 2:30 p.m.  Live Music — The Professors Tide Pool Plaza Stage
2:30 to 4p.m.  Live Music — Jonny Tarr Trio Splash! Cafe 



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