Experience the Santa Monica Bay

Best Time to Visit

  • SUMMER OPEN HOURS (Ends on Monday, September 7)
  • Tues. - Fri.: 2 - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. - Sun.: 12:30 -  6 p.m.
  • Closed to the public on Mondays
  • The Aquarium is OPEN on Labor Day: Monday, September 7 from 12:30 - 6 p.m.
  • Please note that the Aquarium will be CLOSED on Wednesday, September 16 for Coastal Cleanup Education Day
  • 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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Above: Long-time volunteer Alec Richker made the beautiful Aquarium video.

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