Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, Santa Monica

3.5
#2 of 8 in Museums in Santa Monica
Heal the Bay Aquarium is the public face of Heal the Bay, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; it is home to more than 100 species of marine animals and plants, living examples of the importance of our work to make Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean.

A visit to the Aquarium is uniquely interactive – the 4,500-square-foot marine center is loaded with hands-on exhibits; staff, trained volunteers, and interns are stationed throughout ready to help identify animals on display, answer questions, and engage in conversation about the ocean environment.
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  • Not very large, but interesting displays , staff was very helpful and informative. More geared towards children.  more »
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  • Very convenient and well priced. A fun and short detour from the pier. Has some interesting and unique exhibits for such a small aquarium, such as a small octopus, the life cycle of a jellyfish, and shark fetuses. Lastly, they have lots of sea life you can touch. Great for a young family (my kids were 5 and 8).
  • A bit small, and the size of the tanks made me a bit sad. However, the aquarium is very educational and informative, and they have spearheaded some great initiatives. I recommend stopping by if you are at the pier. We went to a workshop as a school group about water pollution which was pretty interesting, so if you're thinking about scheduling a field trip here contact them to set that up.

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