Experience the Santa Monica Bay

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Heal the Bay’s public marine education center under the Santa Monica Pier. 

At the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, you will be treated to a unique view of the undersea world just steps from our Aquarium’s doors. The family-friendly facility is home to more than 100 species of marine animals and plants – all found in the Santa Monica Bay. As our guest, you will gain a new appreciation for the sea life of the Bay and leave inspired to become a steward of this crucial marine environment.

 

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Join us for some of our daily events at the Aquarium!

Shark feedings? Sea urchin hugs? Citizen science? Step right up! No matter when you drop by the Aquarium, we've got exciting things going on.


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Public Hours:

(Summer Hours begin May 30, 2016)

MONDAY: CLOSED to the public

TUES-FRI: 2:00pm-5:00pm

SAT-SUN: 12:30pm-5:00pm


Holiday Hours:
The Aquarium will be OPEN
12:30pm-6:00pm on Monday, May 30 

 

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Admission Fees:

 

Families and groups of 9 or less:

Kids 12 and under: FREE
Adults and kids 13 and up: $5/person

 

Groups of 10 or more:

$3 per person, regardless of age


 

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