Social Events

Social Events

Located high on a bluff with dramatic ocean views, Birch Aquarium at Scripps is a unique and engaging venue for any social event. Birch Aquarium is available for both exclusive after-hours events and for semi-private daytime functions, and is conveniently located near La Jolla Shores, within easy access of major freeways.

  • Bat/Bar Mitzvah                                  
  • Anniversary                           
  • Retirements
  • High School Reunion 
  • Family Party
  • Birthday Party                          
  • Quinceanera
  • Formals/Proms

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Rental Rates

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is a nonprofit organization and proceeds from the use of the facility are used to support exhibit and education programs.  

Evening Facility Rental Fee Schedule 

Social events: starting at $4,900*
Rental time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Parking included for up to 230 spaces
*Fees are subject to change without notice and other fees apply.

Event Spaces

Beautiful spaces and breathtaking views combine to create a day you’ll never forget! An exclusive rental of Birch Aquarium includes the following spaces:

Full Facility - At more than 30,000 square feet, the full Birch Aquarium facility can accommodate up to 1,500 guests with multiple setup configurations available. Guests will be able to explore ocean habitats, get hands on with Scripps Oceanography science, and enjoy some of the best ocean views in San Diego. 

Galleria - Central and beautiful, Birch Aquarium’s Galleria features multi-story windows and ocean views. At 4,200 square feet, this beautiful indoor space will accommodate 400 people for a stand-up reception, 200 for a sit-down dinner, 160 for buffet style service, and 375 for a theatre-style event. This location offers easy access to all of Birch Aquarium’s exhibits. 

Entrance Courtyard -  This 3,000-square-foot entirely open-air space is a great area to extend your party from the indoor Galleria. It will accommodate 300 for a reception and 150 for a sit-down dinner.

Preuss Tide Pool Plaza - Featuring the most spectacular views at Birch Aquarium, this 3,750 square foot open-air space includes panoramic ocean views and the aquarium’s tide pool exhibit. Accessible from inside the Galleria, this split-level accessible space will accommodate 500 people for a stand-up reception, 140 for a sit-down dinner and 175 for a wedding ceremony. The views from Preuss Tide Pool Plaza are especially spectacular during sunset.

Smargon Exhibit Courtyard - At 6,000 square feet, this open-air courtyard features some of the best views at Birch Aquarium. The dynamic Smargon Courtyard offers guests plenty to touch and see while enjoying panoramic La Jolla Shores views. It will accommodate 450 people for a stand-up reception, or 250 seated.

Cafe Pavilion - Located at the entrance of Birch Aquarium, this 10,000-square-foot, open-air courtyard  will accommodate 1000 people for a stand-up reception, or 500 seated. It is a spacious area for a variety of events and features dramatic life-sized brass statues of breaching Gray Whales. 

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 **Please note, all available spaces and guest numbers are subject to change based on Covid-19 guidelines. **

For More Information

We encourage you to tour Birch Aquarium at Scripps with a representative from the Special Events department and explore the many options available to you. Please fill out our Special Event Information Request Form and we will get back to you soon.

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