Experience the Santa Monica Bay

Best Time to Visit

  • REGULAR OPEN HOURS
  • 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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Above: Long-time volunteer Alec Richker made the beautiful Aquarium video.

Heal the Bay has been fighting to protect our local waters since 1985 and we’ve made a lot of friends along the way who steadfastly support our efforts.
Amy Smart Rachel Pally Beach Report Card Riding Currents Aquarium
The animals at Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium get hungry. So do your kids. Why not feed them together?
Kids Eat Free Tuesdays Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
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The baby swell shark at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium was developing in its egg for exactly one year when it broke free of the egg casing on Monday, October 1, 2012. For one whole year the tiny shark grew in its egg, living off a yolk, on display fo…
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Swell Shark Pup 2012
SEND US YOUR BEST SHOTS OF COASTAL CLEANUP DAY 2012 AND YOUR PHOTO COULD BE ON EXHIBIT AT THE AQUARIUM Take a great photo during Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, and share it with @HealtheBay on Instagram, and your photograph could be…
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As summer fades away – along with the tourists that season brings – Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is exhibiting a new local species: the wolf-eel, Anarrhichthys ocellatus.  At nearly three-feet long, the juvenile wolf…
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Wolf-eel
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