More than 436,000 people a year visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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Fact Sheet

Mission:

To provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps research and to promote ocean conservation.

Location:

2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla, California

Hours:

9 a.m. 5 p.m. daily
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days

Admission Rate:

Adult – $17.00
Senior (60+) – $13.00
College Students with I.D. – $12.00
Child (3-12 years) – $12.50
Teen (12-17 years) – $14.00 
UCSD Staff & Students (with ID) – $11.00
Children 2 & under Free      
Members Free
Group rates (by reservation: 858-534-6691)

Information:

858-534-4109, aquariuminfo@ucsd.edu

Current Exhibits:

Boundless Energy: Get charged up about the future of energy with Boundless Energy, Birch Aquarium's interactive exhibit celebrating the innovative ways we can use natural forces to power our lives. Discover how we can harness the renewable energy of the wind, sun and waves to assure a bright future for us all – one with clear skies, clean water, and healthy oceans.

Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge: Explores the scientific facts behind climate change and global warming, highlighting Scripps half century of climate research. Interactive exhibits for all ages. In Fall 2007, the exhibit was named the Silver winner in museum design for the 2007 Event Design Awards. Sponsored by Connecticut-based Event Design Magazine, the annual awards recognize the best designs worldwide across events, exhibits and environments. Watch a video about the exhibit here.

There's Something About Seahorses: Saddle up for a close encounter with the sea's most captivating creature, and learn all the unique "somethings" about seahorses. See more than a dozen seahorse species and their relatives, visit babies in the special seahorse nursery, investigate what makes the seahorse a fish, and discover  Birch Aquarium's award-winning efforts to conserve this threatened animal.

Major Exhibits:

Hall of Fishes: Features more than 60 tanks of Pacific fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and the Caribbean. The largest habitat is a 70,000-gallon kelp forest. Watch online!

ElasmoBeach: Meet La Jolla's legendary leopard sharks and other species of elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) that make their home in local waters. Our 13,000-gallon tank showcases sharks, rays, and other marine life that live close to shore.

Tide-Pool Plaza: Features three living tide pools where visitors can touch and learn about inhabitants with docents. Windows in the habitats provide up-close views of starfish, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, lobsters and other animals local to San Diego's tide pools. Pools overlook La Jolla and the Pacific Ocean.

Live Exhibits:

More than 3,000 specimens representing more than 380 species of fishes and invertebrates.

Feeding:

Kelp Forest Dive Show:
12:30 Tuesday, Thursday; 2 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 Sunday
ElasmoBeach Feeding:
10:30 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
NW Coast Gallery:
10:30 Wednesday
Southern California Gallery:
10:30 Wednesday
Tide Pool:
2:00 Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Tropical Reefs:
11:00 Wednesday

Refreshments:

Splash! Cafe offers an array of gourmet delights next to the life-sized gray whale fountain. Relax during a visit to the aquarium and enjoy hot and cold beverages, sandwiches, snacks, and more in an outdoor atmosphere with plenty of seating and umbrellas for shade as needed. Open weekdays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., weekends 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Credit cards accepted.

Souvenirs:

The aquarium's Gift Shop carries a wide selection of informative field guides, books about the ocean and near-shore environments, marine-themed toys, clothing, jewelry, fine art and more. Open 9:30-5 daily. Phone: 858-534-8753

Size:

Total Aquarium: 64,157 sq. feet
Interior: 32,657 sq. feet
Tide Pool: 4,500 sq. feet
Outside Patios: 27,000 sq. feet 

Operating Basis:

Non-profit, self-supporting

Member of:
Association of Zoos & Aquariums 
Association of Science-Technology Centers
California Association of Museums

Opening:

Sept. 16, 1992

Cost:

$14 million (land donated by UC San Diego)

Attendance:

 440,000+ annually

Attendance from student groups:

40,000 + annually

Staff:

50 employees, 300+ volunteers

Access:

All exhibits and facilities are accessible to visitors with disabilities.

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Recognitions:

  • Summer 2012: San Diegan's voted Birch Aquarium at Scripps as "Best Museum" in the annual 10News.com A-List poll, for the second year in a row.
  • Spring 2012: Birch Aquarium at Scripps receives the Sustainable Community Leadership Award from the California Center for Sustainable Energy for promoting sustainable practices with the creation of relevant scientific exhibits and educational programming.

  • Summer 2011: San Diegan's voted Birch Aquarium at Scripps as "Best Museum" in the annual 10News.com A-List poll.

  • February 2011: Birch Aquarium at Scripps' Education Department is a recipient of the 2010 Diversity Award at UC San Diego. 

  • Winter 2010: For the second year in a row, San Diegans who participated in Museum Month visited Birch Aquarium at Scripps more than any other local museum. 

  • Fall 2009: San Diego City Beat recognized Birch Aquarium at Scripps as San Diego’s “Best Place to Admire Sea Life Without Getting Wet.” Also, San Diegans voted Birch Aquarium at Scripps as the second-best Local Museum in the annual 10News.com A-List poll.

  • Winter 2008: Executive Director Nigella Hillgarth is recognized as a 2009 Metro Mover to Watch by San Diego Metropolitan Magazine.
  • Fall 2008: San Diegans voted Birch Aquarium at Scripps as a Top 3 Local Museum in the annual 10News.com A-List poll.
  • Spring 2008: Birch Aquarium at Scripps is named San Diego's Best Children's Activity Center or Museum in Ranch & Coast magazine's third-annual "Readers' Choice: Best of 2008" survey
  • Fall 2007: Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge exhibition is named the Silver winner in museum design for the 2007 Event Design Awards. Sponsored by Connecticut-based Event Design Magazine, the annual awards recognize the best designs worldwide across events, exhibits and environments.
Updated March 2012

 

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