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MEMBERSHIP | E: aqmmembership@ucsd.edu | ​P: (858) 534-5771
PUBLIC PROGRAMS | ​E: birchaquariumprogram@ucsd.edu | ​P: (858) 534-7336
VISITOR SERVICES | ​E: aquariuminfo@ucsd.edu | ​P: (858) 534-3474
 
General Admission
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Apply Tickets towards your Membership
Tickets purchased online and from our ticket booth can be applied towards a Yearly Membership. Please go to the Visitor Services Office for more Information.

Group Rates
Do you have family visiting? Do you want to purchase tickets for your employees to visit the aquarium? Purchase 10 or more tickets and receive the Group Price. This price is automatically applied once 10 or more tickets have been added to your shopping cart. Group rate discounts are only available online.

Oversized Vehicles
Please note that oversized vehicles such as buses (school or charter), RVs, and trailers are not permitted to park in the Birch Aquarium parking lot. There is limited large vehicle parking available along La Jolla Shores Drive, west of Birch Aquarium.

General Admission - Adult
Regular Price: $19.50
Group Price: $16.50
Single Day Adult
Valid as General Admission only. Not applicable for special events, programs, or concerts.

General Admission - Senior
Regular Price: $16.50
Group Price: $13.50
Single Day Senior (60+)
Valid as General Admission only. Not applicable for special events, programs, or concerts.

General Admission - Child
Regular Price: $15.00
Group Price: $12.00
Single Day Child
Valid as General Admission only. Not applicable for special events, programs, or concerts.

General Admission - Student
Regular Price: $16.00
Group Price: $13.00
Single Day Student
Valid as General Admission only. Not applicable for special events, programs, or concerts.
 
Squid Empire Lecture & Book Signing
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Squid Empire is an epic adventure spanning hundreds of millions of years, from the marine life of the primordial ocean to the calamari on tonight's menu. Anyone who enjoys the undersea world - along with all those absessed with things prehistoric - will be interested in the sometimes enormous, often bizarre cephalopod creatures that ruled the seas long before the first dinosaurs. There will be special activities and a cephalopod presentation by our Aquarist team.

Squid Empire Lecture - Adult
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $0.00
If you are a member, enter your member number at check-out to get your free ticket
Session Squid Empire Lecture: Mon, Oct 22, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   AVAILABLE

Squid Empire Lecture - Student and Educator
Regular Price: $8.00
Member Price: $0.00
If you are a member, enter your member number at check-out to get your free ticket.
Session Squid Empire Lecture: Mon, Oct 22, 2018 6:30PM - 8:30PM   AVAILABLE

 
Annual Memberships
Visit all year long, enjoy oceans of savings and help support Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Membership Benefits

Individual
Price: $55.00

Individual Membership includes:
One adult*, 10% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop, plus 2 guest passes, a $39 value

*Special $10 savings on memberships for seniors (60+), military, UCSD faculty or staff, and students (with valid ID). These discounts can only be applied by calling the Membership Office at 858-534-5771 or in person at the aquarium.


Dual
Price: $75.00
Dual Membership includes:
2 named adults* (or 1 named adult and 1 guest), 10% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop, plus 4 guest passes, a $78 value

*Special $10 savings on memberships for seniors (60+), military, UCSD faculty or staff, and students (with valid ID). These discounts can only be applied by calling the Membership Office at 858-534-5771 or in person at the aquarium.

Family
Price: $94.00
Family Membership includes:
2 named adults* (or 1 named adult and 1 guest) plus four children or grandchildren between the ages of 3 and 17, 10% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop*, plus 4 guest passes, a $78 value

*Special $10 savings on memberships for seniors (60+), military, UCSD faculty or staff, and students (with valid ID). These discounts can only be applied by calling the Membership Office at 858-534-5771 or in person at the aquarium.

Aquarium Associates
Price: $150.00
Aquarium Associate Membership includes:
2 named adults (or 1 named adult plus 1 guest) and all household children or grandchildren, advanced registration for summer camps; 20% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop, plus 4 guest passes, a $78 value

Ocean Sponsors
Price: $250.00
Ocean Sponsors Membership includes:
2 named adults (or 1 named adult and 1 guest) and all household children or grandchildren, plus advanced registration for summer camps; special conservation and educational VIP previews; 20% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop, plus 4 guest passes, a $78 value

Coral Reef Ambassadors
Price: $500.00
Coral Reef Ambassadors Membership includes:
2 named adults (or 1 named adult and 1 guest) and all household children or grandchildren, plus advanced registration for summer camps; special conservation and educational VIP previews; two free tickets to a Green Flash Concert with advance registration; 20% off at Splash! Cafe and Gift Shop, plus 4 guest passes, a $78 value

Join Friends of Birch Aquarium, an annual giving society that furthers the aquarium's mission to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps Oceanography research, and promote ocean conservation. Your gift of $1000 or more through Friends of Birch Aquarium brings you into a more integral relationship with Birch Aquarium, including an exclusive aquarium membership, invitation to our annual breakfast, exclusive tour opportunities, special access, and more.

 
Haunted Aquarium
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Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash
Enjoy close encounters with Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists and search the galleries for unusual underwater creatures rarely seen at Birch Aquarium.

Discover a sea of glowing beasts (big and small), get sticky with slime, and enjoy spooky stories, all while boo-gieing down to live music and having a monstrously good time.

Recommended for ages 2+


Haunted Aquarium
Regular Price: $19.50
Member Price: $14.50

Haunted Aquarium Sea Monster Mash Tickets

Pre-purchase Prices:

Members: $14.50 (Ages 3+)
Public: $19.50 (Ages 3+)

Door Price: $22 (members and public, ages 3+)


 
Children's Birthday Parties
Our parties are designed for children ages 1-9. Our goal is to provide an educational and fun experience for the birthday child and all participants. Each party includes:
  • Aquarium admission for up to 20 participants (this counts all children and adults)
  • Private classroom with Birch Aquarium Instructor
  • Live animal encounter
  • Animal feeding interactions
  • Children's craft project relating to party theme
  • Birch Aquarium coloring book
  • 30-minute patio party* for cake and snacks (we do not provide food or drinks)
  • Three hours of free parking
  • Decorations**: tablecloths, birthday banners, streamers, etc.

*All food and beverages must be served on the Party Patio. These items cannot be served in the classroom.
**Please note that balloons are not allowed at Birch Aquarium as they are hazardous to marine environments.


Birthday Parties
Regular Price: $400.00
Member Price: $360.00
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Prices: The initial pricing provides for 20 participants, referring to ALL children and adults. You may add up to 10 additional participants for an additional fee.

Public: $400 for up to 20 party participants. $20 for each additional child and $10 for each additional adult

Members: $360 for up to 20 party participants. $18 for each additional child. $8 for each additional adult

Party Themes: We recommend selecting a party theme that is age-appropriate for the majority of children in attendance.
-Splish Splash Bash (Ages 1-3)
-All About Sharks (Ages 4-9)
-Sea-Fari Adventure (Ages 4-9)

 
Outdoor Adventures
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Birch Aquarium at Scripps offers Outdoor Adventures--such as Tidepooling, Grunion Run, and Full Moon Pier Walks--with our naturalists. These programs vary by season and are determined by local weather patterns and conditions.

Please note that these activities have limited capacities and pre-registration is required to attend.

Full Moon Pier Walks
Regular Price: $35.00
Member Price: $30.00
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Walk along the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier, normally closed to the public, on an exclusive moonlit tour. Participants will learn about the history of Scripps Oceanography and current research projects, while collecting plankton, performing experiments, and learning more about the life below the pier.

Advanced registration required. All participants are required to purchase a ticket. Children must be a minimum age of 9+ (minors must be accompanied by a paid adult).

Does not meet at Birch Aquarium.

 
College Student On Assignment Tickets
If you are a college student looking to purchase a single admission ticket to visit Birch Aquarium at Scripps for a class assignment, you have come to the right place! Our College Student On Assignment Ticket is only available for purchase online. If you purchase your ticket from the ticket booth, it will be the College Student Single-Day Ticket, which is $15.00 per student (with valid ID).

College Student On Assignment
Price: $12.00
You must purchase your ticket online in order to receive this discounted rate. Please download the ticket to your mobile device OR print your ticket to be scanned upon entrance. Ticket holder MUST show current college student ID or class schedule at the time of ticket redemption.

Current ticket purchases are valid through August 31, 2019.

College Student admission at the ticket booth: $16
Valid: Wed, Aug 1, 2018 - Sat, Aug 31, 2019   AVAILABLE