We'll celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 26th with special open hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get details on the day's activites on our events pages
Whether you’re from halfway around the world or from just down the street, we welcome you to a hands-on exploration at our Aquarium. Visit and be inspired to understand more about our amazing Santa Monica Bay marine environment, and learn how you can help to conserve it.
Visit during our public hours and you can:
Get a hug from a spiky sea urchin
Watch a shark feeding
Examine microscopic sea life in our lab
Learn about the animals of the Santa Monica Bay on a marine-themed scavenger hunt
Make a sea star crown, an octopus puppet or a pirate's hat at the arts and crafts station
Stop by any Saturday for a whale of a tale - 3:30 p.m. is story time in the Green Room
Each Tuesday and Friday, staff members invite visitors to help feed the sea stars in our touch tanks. Weekly feedings begin at 2:30 p.m.
Don't miss the shark's favorite time of day - feeding time! Learn about these often-misunderstood creatures while watching them eat a meal Sundays at 3:30 p.m.
Halloween always goes by too quickly for kids. There’s all that time deciding what you want to be, then there’s assembling the costume and all for one night of trick-or-treating. It’s enough to make a goblin grumpy.
After many years in L.A.’s crowded surf lineups, I’ve seen many things I’d rather forget: neon wetsuits, sophomoric fistfights, curmudgeonly longboarders.
But last weekend, I witnessed something in Santa Monica Bay that I’ll always remember.
Vote for your favorite animal at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium! One online voter drawn at random will win the chance to feed the most beloved animal! You can also vote in person at the Aquarium, located beach level under the historic …