Search for globe crabs on the sandy bottom Photo: Dana Rodda
Experience the Santa Monica Bay through our doors Photo: Nick Fash
Bring the entire family for a visit Photo: Lillie Grossman
Find us on the beach level at the Santa Monica Pier, directly below the historic Carousel
Open to the Public: - It's summertime! Stay an extra hour: Tuesday – Friday: 2 – 6 p.m., Weekends: 12:30 – 6 p.m. (see below for special holiday hours or closures). Please note that our summer hours end on Monday, September 7. We will return to our 5 p.m. closing time on Tuesday, September 8.
Whether you’re from halfway around the world, or from just down the street, we welcome you to a hands-on exploration of our Aquarium, Heal the Bay's public, marine education center.
When you visit, you can get a hug from a spiky sea urchin, feel a knobby sea star or sticky sea anemone, experience a refreshing squirt from a swell shark and observe microscopic plankton in our S. Mark Taper Science Lab – all inhabitants of the Santa Monica Bay.
Come and be inspired to understand and conserve the animals and habitats of Santa Monica Bay's marine environment. Our trained staff and volunteers look forward to welcoming you.