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
  • Driving and Parking tips during Santa Monica construction

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 or special event, 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.

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Above: Long-time volunteer Alec Richker made the beautiful Aquarium video.

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…
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