Birch Aquarium at Scripps brings to life the exciting discoveries of world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography. For more than a century, the aquarium has inspired visitors with the wonders of the ocean.
Enter the world of sharks, seahorses, living coral reefs and more, and discover a stunning variety of Pacific marine life in more than 60 habitats.
Interact with exhibits that showcase the cutting-edge discoveries of Scripps Oceanography explorers through hands-on displays and multimedia.
Peek into the aquarium's nursery and view miniature fishes bred and raised by Birch Aquarium aquarists--a conservation effort that helps reduce collecting pressure on wild species.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps is located on a coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Scripps Campus in La Jolla, an area famed for its beaches, dining, and culture. By car, the aquarium is minutes from downtown La Jolla and La Jolla Shores.
If you are combining a day at La Jolla Shores beach with an aquarium visit, take a leisurely stroll from La Jolla Shores beach, through the historic Scripps Campus (where free walking tour maps are available), and head up to Birch Aquarium via the footbridge over La Jolla Shores Drive.
9 am to 5 pm daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Days.
The Birch Aquarium's parking lot offers 3-hour courtesy parking.
Admission prices are subject to change.
Ticket sales end at 4:30 pm and the aquarium closes at 5 pm.