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™.
Monday – Sunday
11:00am – 6:00pm
PIER 39, San Francisco
Aquarium of the Bay has temporarily suspended operations due to COVID-19 until further notice
Mayor London N. Breed today announced that the Health Officer of the City and County of San Francisco has issued a Public Health Order requiring that residents remain in place, with the only exception being for essential needs. This measure is necessary to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. The Order is effective as of midnight on Tuesday, March 17 and is effective until further notice.
We value the health of our staff and guests – and we feel it best that we must temporarily suspend operations until we emerge from these challenging times.
Aquarium of the Bay will remain closed until further notice. If you have questions, please contact us at:
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. They each include art activities, writing practice, and experiments you can do with household supplies!
“While the Aquarium and Sea Lion Center remain closed during ‘Shelter in Place’, our online programs and live streams on social media continue to bring you wonderful educational content. Join me in supporting our staff whose exemplary dedication to our mission and the 24,000 animals in our care, does us all proud at this critical time in our 24 year history.”
– GEORGE JACOB
President & CEO, BayEcotarium
Events & Exhibits
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 700,000 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.