Experience the Santa Monica Bay

Best Time to Visit

  • REGULAR OPEN HOURS
  • Tues. - Fri.: 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Sat. - Sun.: 12:30 -  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.

Today's guest blogger is Matthew King, Heal the Bay's director of communications.
Eric Garcetti roasts Mark Gold
This is the second installment of a four-part series on the many changes the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium has undergone since Heal the Bay took over management and ownership of the marine education center.  Aquarium Director Vicki Wawerchak shares…
The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium celebrates nine years
Today's blogger is Wyatt Miller, public educator at Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. People often ask me how I get the energy to run kids’ birthday parties every weekend. I usually answer, “With three cups of coffee.” But in all hones…
Birthday parties held at Heal the Bay's Aquarium are fun and eco-educational
Thank  you to all those who entered Heal the Bay's Cirque du Soleil drawing to win a pair of tickets to OVO at the Santa Monica Pier.  The final pair of tickets will be given away for the following OVO performance:
Heal the Bay, Cirque du Soleil, OVO, Santa Monica Pier
Today's blogger is staffer Jose Bacallao, senior aquarist at Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Winter can be brutal in So Cal. I know all the East Coast transplants in L.A. are rolling their eyes right now - but it's wet, cold and windy here…
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, moon jellies, Heal the Bay
Today's guest blogger is Dana Roeber Murray, a Heal the Bay staff scientist who works on coastal resource protection issues. 
Dana Murray, sea bass, underwater, MPAs
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