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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla , California 92037

1500Largest Group

2018 Winner: Best Venue for When the Meeting's Over

2018 Runner-up: Best Outdoor/Rooftop Event Space

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  • Overview
Located high on a bluff with dramatic ocean views, Birch Aquarium at Scripps is a unique and engaging venue for any event. Our one-of-a-kind facility includes more than 60 diverse marine habitats and features a two-story Giant Kelp Tank where guests feel surrounded by the ocean world. Your rental is exclusive, and you and your guests will be able to enjoy exhibits and panoramic views at your leisure. Birch Aquarium is the public outreach center for the renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and your guests will dive deeper into the cutting-edge research being done to understand, protect, and preserve the planet.

The mission of Birch Aquarium is to provide ocean science education, interpret
Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, and promote ocean conservation.


Your special event directly supports Birch Aquarium’s mission. Not only will an event at Birch Aquarium create lasting memories, it also supports exhibits, animal care, and education programs that inspire ocean conservation. Our experienced Special Events Team is here to help you create memorable events for conventions, corporate events, professional events, academic retreats, wedding receptions and ceremonies, social organizations, and family occasions. The rental is exclusive and is available to one group per evening.

Nearby Cities & Number of Miles:
San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carlsbad
Nearest Airport/ Number of Minutes:
San Diego International Airport / 15
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Parking Onsite:
Please contact the Special Events Department for information on availability.
ADA Accessible:
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Food & Beverage:
The aquarium has vetted an extensive list of excellent caterers through a competitive Request for Proposal process. These are the only caterers authorized to serve at the aquarium and they offer excellent food and exceptional service. The selection of caterers provides a variety of menus in a range of prices. Each is familiar with our facility and carries the necessary insurance and health permits. The caterers will provide you with food, labor, non-alcoholic beverages, tables, linens, chairs, flatware, etc. in their proposal to you.
Must Use In-house Catering:
Cultural Catering Available:
Alcohol Permitted:
(858) 822-5439
Ideally Suited For:
Adult Social Event
Corporate Social Events
Family Reunion
Leisure travel
Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat
Wedding Ceremony/Reception
Youth Retreat/Camp

Talk to a Venue Specialist: 1-877-244-6110