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Temporary Closure Notice:

To do our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19, Heal the Bay is following guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Health and suspending all public programs, including programming at the Aquarium. Heal the Bay Aquarium is closed and all public activities are suspended through April 30, 2020 or until further notice to accommodate social distancing and help reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

Suspended public programs include: Speakers Bureau, Beach Cleanups (Nothin’ But Sand, Suits on the Sand & Adopt-A-Beach), Angler Outreach Program, Wednesday Volunteers, Marine Protected Area Watch as well as Heal the Bay Aquarium (Birthday Parties, Field Trips, public hours & special events).

We plan to re-open our Aquarium to the public on May 1, 2020, and will provide updates as new information becomes available. Our Aquarium staff will remain working at our facility to provide care for the animals and conduct maintenance. Heal the Bay staff will work remotely and in the main office during this time.

For the health and well-being of all, please take proper precautions to limit the spread of illness. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Please stay home if you feel sick and/or have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. (If a tissue is unavailable, use your upper sleeve or inside your bent elbow.)
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Make frequent use of hand sanitizer if available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Follow all directives and guidelines by your health care provider.
  • Get a flu shot to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.

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

If you have any questions, please Contact Us.


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+: $7
California locals discount (with ID): $5
Kids 12 and under: FREE

Groups of 10+
$5 each
California locals discount (with ID): $3 each

About Us

Under the Santa Monica Pier, come see what Heal the Bay’s work is all about: Protecting the animals that call the Bay home. With over 100 local species on exhibit, hands-on activities for small frys, and daily educational programs, our award-winning Heal the Bay Aquarium is the perfect place to immerse yourself in marine science without getting your feet wet.

Plus, you can visit our Gift Shop for zero-waste goodies, novelty plushies, green travel items, limited edition Heal the Bay gear, and more! View more items at our Online Shop.

What’s New


The Aquarium is temporarily closed is tentatively scheduled to re-open on 5/1/20.



Contact Us

Get in touch

(310) 393-6149

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What's Going On?

Monday at the Aquarium

Meet the locals! Explore unique and critically important marine animals, habitats and environmental issues without getting your feet wet.

For more info on Aquarium & Heal the Bay events:

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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 L.A.


When you “adopt” one of the animals, the animal stays with us, but your good karma stays with you. Plus, enjoy free visits to the Aquarium for a full year.

Host a Birthday Party

Planning a birthday party? It’s easy to make a big splash at Heal the Bay Aquarium — choose from one of our many themed party packages and enjoy a zero-waste event. If you’re organizing a staff retreat, setting up a photo shoot, or planning an event — we offer event rentals, too.

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