Experience the Santa Monica Bay

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Best Time to Visit

  • Tues. - Fri.: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Sat. - Sun.: 12:30 -  5 p.m.
  • Closed to the public on Mondays
  • Plan Your Visit 

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is Heal the Bay’s public marine-education center located beach-level, just below the Carousel at the world famous Santa Monica Pier.

Whether stopping by during our public hours, visiting with a field trip group, or attending a private party, you will be treated to a unique view into the ocean 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.

To keep up with what's happening, be sure to visit our Aquarium Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, Instagram (@smpieraquarium) and Pinterest.

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Editor’s Note: This is the third installment of Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Director Vicki Wawerchak’s account of preparing harbor seal and sea lion skulls to become artifacts on display at the Aquarium. (Read Parts One and Two)
Articulated mammal skulls
On Oct. 3, 2011, Heal the Bay staff headed out to sea for a cetacean-filled afternoon. Heal the Bay Education Specialist Nick Fash reports.
Heal the Bay's whale watching trip
On Oct. 1, Heal the Bay volunteers and staff gathered on the shores of Santa Monica to honor the sea as part of the World Festival of Sacred Music opening concert. Some people brought flowers as offerings, while musicians such as the Agape Internatio…
Water is Rising Festival - Tiat
Today's blogger is staffer Vicki Wawerchak, the director of Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. The anxiety of moving is enough to give anyone an ulcer, but try moving a live animal -- that will give you an ulcer and gray hair too. Yesterday w…
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium's New Giant Sea Bass
Heal the Bay seeks volunteers for the Oct. 1 opening ceremony of Los Angeles' World Festival of Sacred Music. The ceremony begins with a procession at 2:30 p.m. along the boardwalk past Dorothy Green Park (named for Heal the Bay’s founder…
Join Us As We Honor the Sea - World Festival of Sacred Music
Today's blogger is staffer Vicki Wawerchak, the director of Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
Heal the Bay's Star of Scotland scuba team
Today, the Regional Water Board agenda looked a little light and Heal the Bay’s water quality director, Kirsten James, and environmental engineer, Susie Santilena, had the issues pretty well covered.  I was going to come in at the usual time …
Spouting Off at the Wedge
Human beings, stingrays and sea jellies share something: We all love to swim in warm water. But that poses some problems. As more human swimmers enter the surf during the summer, it’s more likely that we will encounter a stingray or a sea jelly. Sa…
Stingray, Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, ocean
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