Discover the beauty and diversity of Northern California aquatic life at Aquarium of the Bay.
Bay.org DBA Bay Ecotarium is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to enable conversations on climate resilience and ocean conservation globally, while inspiring actionable change locally by protection and preservation of the San Francisco Bay and its ecosystems, from Sierra to the Sea™.
Main Aquarium Closed, Retail store open Saturdays & Sundays
Closed MLK Day (January 18)
11am – 6pm
PIER 39, San Francisco
Monday – Sunday
11:00am – 6:00pm
PIER 39, San Francisco
WELCOME BACK, WE ARE NOW OPEN!
We were excited to reopen to the public on September 21. You can view our reopening protocols or contact us with any questions by clicking the buttons below.
- ALL AQUARIUM TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE WITH TIMED TICKETING
- Use the “Buy Tickets” button at the top right of the page to reserve your time slot.
At Home Learning
Looking for ways to learn and explore science topics with your kids during Shelter-in-Place?
You can continue learning at home through our free lesson plans for K-12th students. Each includes art activities, writing practice, and experiments that you can do with household supplies!
“After 27 weeks of Shelter in Place, we look forward to welcoming you back to the aquarium. We have put in place new protocols for health and sanitization following the city and state guidelines for your safety. Our newest animal ambassador Tala, the Cape Porcupine, can’t wait to show you around!”
– GEORGE JACOB
President & CEO, BayEcotarium
Explore Below San Francisco Bay
Discover the Bay
Discover the Bay introduces visitors to San Francisco Bay. This gallery highlights animals that are commonly found closest to the shore and near San Francisco docks. Here, guests will find green moray eels, wolf eels, juvenile swell sharks, and the bright orange garibaldi, the marine state fish of California.
Go with the Flow
Enter Under the Bay and delight in a tranquil environment featuring various species of mesmerizing jellyfish including moon jellies, brown sea nettles, and other species
Under the Bay
Under the Bay is the Aquarium’s largest and most iconic exhibit area, featuring two-immense tunnels that total 300 feet, holding more than 750,000 gallons of carefully maintained water from San Francisco Bay. They are home to more than 200 species of animals that swirl and glide overhead.
Touch the Bay
Touch the Bay offers two hands-on tactile experiences for Aquarium visitors. Touch juvenile bat rays, skates, sharks, and tidepool inhabitants. The Bay Lab, located in Touch the Bay, features land-dwelling animals that serve as climate change ambassadors
River Otters: Watershed Ambassadors
Encounter the amusing antics of the Aquariums furriest residents: the North American river otters. Learn about these amazing animals during special presentations, feedings, and trainings led by Aquarium biologists.