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SAN DIEGO BIRCH AQUARIUM AT SCRIPPS SAN DIEGO CA

San Diego Birch Aquarium At ScrippsThe Birch Aquarium at Scripps – In 1903 the Marine Biological Association of San Diego was established to conduct research in the waters along San Diego’s coastline. In a laboratory in the boathouse of the Hotel Del Coronado, researchers studied their specimens and recorded their findings.

By 1905 however, it become apparent the researchers had outgrown their laboratory. The association bought more land and the complex grew steadily. In 1915 the center contained 19 tanks ranging in various sizes. The facility continued to expand and in 1925 changed its name to Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

A $6 million gift from the Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation in 1985 allowed plans to go through for a major renovation. In 1992 the institute moved to its current location on a hillside overlooking La Jolla and was christened the Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Today the aquarium has over 60 tanks with the largest being 70,000 gallons, a demonstration tide pool, a 13,000-gallon shark exhibit, a kelp bed forest with its own wave making machine, and a 2,000-square foot interactive exhibit.

The Birch Aquarium is not only committed to research, but also to education. It’s not uncommon to see a constant flow of children touring both the aquarium and museum on school field trips. It is a family oriented attraction and definitely a must see when visiting San Diego.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, CA
1-858-534-FISH
www.sio.ucsd.edu

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