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exterior view of Heal the Bay Aquarium in 2021

Please follow these safety guidelines when visiting the Heal the Bay Aquarium:

  • Masks, while no longer mandatory, are a protective barrier that can help to reduce the spread of respiratory infections. We recommend that our visitors and staff continue to wear them as a preventative measure.
  • Guests will not attend if they are sick with a fever and/or respiratory symptoms.
  • Guests will also not attend if they have come into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • No food or drink is allowed.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at our exit, and we have restrooms on site for guest convenience and use.
  • Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Get the flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.
  • For more information, review the CDC’s mask guide, visit Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
    • Questions? Contact us or call (310) 393-6149 x206

For more information, review the CDC’s mask guide, visit Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and view the LA Mayor’s Directive about COVID-19 LA City Guidelines.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate the changing times. When guidelines change, we will make announcements on social media, on our website, and at our admissions desk. Let us know any questions. Thank you for helping us protect our communities.

Questions? Contact us or call (310) 393-6149 x206


Heal the Bay Aquarium
at the Santa Monica Pier

1600 Ocean Front Walk
Santa Monica, CA 90401
How to find us


Adults and kids 13+: $12.00
Kids 12 and under: FREE with an Adult Ticket Purchase (Children MUST be accompanied by an adult)

Students: $10.00 
Older Adults (65+): $10.00 
EBT (cardholder): Free  
Military (active-duty military personnel, retired military personnel, and veterans): Free  
From Armed Forces Day to Labor Day (May 18 to September 2), the Aquarium is offering free admission to active-duty military and up to 5 family members

Group rate: For groups of 5 or more adults ($9.00/each person); for groups of 10 or more children ($3.00/each child)

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About Us

Under the Santa Monica Pier, come see what Heal the Bay’s work is all about: Protecting the people and animals who call the Bay home. With over 100 local species on exhibit, hands-on activities for all ages, and daily educational programs, our award-winning Heal the Bay Aquarium is the perfect place to immerse yourself in marine science.

Plus, you can visit our Shop at Heal the Bay Aquarium for zero-waste goodies, plushies, green travel items, limited-edition Heal the Bay gear, and more! Browse some of the items in our Online Shop.

What’s New


General Hours:
12 PM – 4 PM

Aquarium will be open 12 pm-4 pm on Juneteenth Wednesday, June 19

AQ will close early at 3:30pm on Wednesday, June 26

Contact Us

Call us at (310) 393-6149

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What's Going On?

Friday at the Aquarium

We’re open today! Come by between 12pm and 4pm, and check out our Events calendar for special activities that include lending a hand as staff feed all the ocean animals.

For more info on Aquarium & Heal the Bay events:

View Calendar

Current Exhibits

Dive Deeper

Can’t quite get your Aquarium fix in one afternoon visit? Here are three ways to hang with us more often.


From school field trips to camps to professional development for teachers, our educational programs instill passion for the ocean for all ages.


Aquarium volunteers support public programs by interpreting at touch tanks, ensuring the success of private events and attending outreach events all over LA.


When you “adopt” one of the animals, the animal stays with us, but your good karma stays with you. Support our mission to protect local habitats and marine life, and help protect what you love.

Host a Birthday Party

Make your party planning easier while supporting Heal the Bay.

Invite your friends and family to Heal the Bay Aquarium under the Santa Monica Pier for an fin-tastic birthday party for your child – it’s the next best thing to actually being under the sea!

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