Weeklong Anniversary Celebration

This September, Birch Aquarium is celebrating 25 Years in our current location “on the hill” with a weeklong celebration Sept. 9 to 16. 

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.

Festivities begin Sept. 9 with festive décor and family-friendly activities throughout the aquarium. Guests will learn which aquarium residents have been there since the very beginning and contribute to the “Wall of Fishes,” sharing hopes and dreams for the future of the aquarium. There will also be a scavenger hunt and craft activities.

The celebration culminates on Saturday, Sept. 16 with a family-friendly event  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. featuring live music, face painting and crafts as well as science interactions highlighting the latest science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 

Birch Aquarium is also calling on the community to share via social media favorite photos and memories from trips to the aquarium over the last 25 years using the hashtag #25onTheHilll. Aquarium staff will be choosing the best submissions to share on the website and to be broadcast as part of the anniversary celebration. 

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

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