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.

Santa Monica Certified Green Business

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

Tune in to the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Lonely Planet "California Adventure" special at 10 a.m. Sunday to tour Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium with the popular travel show’s host, Dominic Bonnuccelli. 
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Lonely Planet BBC America
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