Tide Pool Plaza, overlooking the stunning Pacific Ocean.

Rates & Capacities

Thank you for considering Birch Aquarium at Scripps for your event. The aquarium is a non-profit organization, and all proceeds from the use of the facility support exhibits and educational programming. The aquarium receives no direct state, city or federal funds, and must generate more than $4 million each year in gifts, grants, and earned income to meet its operation budget.  We appreciate your support.

Evening Fee Schedule

*Fees are subject to change without notice.
Rental time: 6-10 p.m.
Parking included for up to 245 spaces

Corporate/Association events: starting at $3,900*
Weddings/Bar-Bat Mitzvah/Quinceanera: starting at $4,900*

Guest capacity not to exceed 1,200. Docent and audiovisual services are additional fees.
NOTE: Professional security staff is mandatory for any special event. Prices may vary.

*Prices may vary based on type of event.


Birch Aquarium at Scripps is situated on a spectacular site overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Your guests can explore colorful marine life while experiencing the frontiers of marine science through hands-on museum exhibits. Our beautiful venue will create lasting memories for conventions and corporations; professional, academic, and social organizations; and family occasions. The aquarium is conveniently located near La Jolla Shores, within easy access of major freeways. 


At 3,100 square feet, this beautiful enclosure has an ocean view and connects the aquarium and museum. It will accommodate 400 people for a stand-up reception, 200 for a sit-down dinner, and 160 for buffet style service, and has a spacious, yet elegant atmosphere.

Entrance Courtyard

At 3,100 square feet, this is an entirely open-air space and a good area in which to extend your party from the indoor Galleria. It will accommodate 200 for a reception and 100 for a sit-down dinner.

Preuss Tide-Pool Plaza

At 3,400 square feet, this open-air space features two split-levels and a tide pool exhibit. Accessible from inside the Galleria, it will accommodate 300 people for a stand-up reception, or 120 for a sit-down dinner. A spectacular location during sunset.

Education Courtyard

At 3,150 square feet, this open-air courtyard is enclosed on four sides. It will accommodate 250 people for a stand-up reception, or 100 seated, and is a lovely area for a variety of event activities.

Smargon Courtyard

At 7,000 square feet, this open-air courtyard features our newest exhibit, Boundless Energy – an interactive experience that celebrates renewable energy from the sun, the wind and ocean motion. Within the courtyard, which overlooks La Jolla Shores and offers one of the best ocean vistas in Southern California, guests can tour towering wind turbines, build dams and race boats at a pair of wave tables, and even trigger a playful water sculpture by peddling stationary bikes and hand cranks.

Full Facility

A maximum of 1,200 guests can be accommodated if all interior areas and outdoor courtyards are utilized.

For More Information

We encourage you to tour Birch Aquarium at Scripps with a representative from the Special Events department and explore the many options available to you. Please fill out our Special Event Information Request Form and we will get back to you soon.