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Your Premier Bay Area Aquarium Awaits!
CityPASS®: No need to reserve! Just show your CityPASS® IN-PERSON ONLY at the main entrance of the aquarium at the time of your visit to be admitted. Learn more about saving 46% off admission at SF top 4 attractions with CityPASS®
AZA Reciprocal Discounts (Oakland/SF Zoo/etc. Members): Present your reciprocal AZA membership IN-PERSON ONLY at the time of your visit to receive 50% off admission!
Please Note Our HOLIDAY HOURS:
- Thanksgiving Day: 11am-3pm (EARLY CLOSURE)
- Christmas Eve: 11am-3pm (EARLY CLOSURE)
- Christmas Day: CLOSED
- Labor Day Weekend:
- Friday-Sunday: 10am-7pm
- Monday: 11am-7pm
- **Monday Members Only Event: 10am-12pm
Sustainable Wine Tours
Diving for Citizen Scientists
Sylvia Earle Academic (SEA) Scholarship
Aquarium of the Bay is now accepting applications for an $8,000/year scholarship.
At Home Learning
Looking for things to do in SF to learn and explore science topics with your kids?
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!
The Bay Institute 28th Annual Awards
Streaming LIVE from Hayes Mansion in San Jose, CA, on June 8, 4:00 PM (PST)
Discover the beauty and diversity of Northern California aquatic life at Aquarium of the Bay.
Smithsonian Affiliated Aquarium of the Bay (non-profit 501 c3) inspires Climate Resilience & Ocean Conservation, through environmental stewardship to Protect and preserve eco-biodiversity, Sierra to the Sea™.
Main Aquarium Closed, Retail store open Saturdays & Sundays
11am – 6pm
PIER 39, San Francisco
Explore the Animals of 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.
“As we emerge from the pandemic, we look to a promising and transformative future to address climate resilience and cleaner oceans”
– GEORGE JACOB
President & CEO, BayEcotarium