Bay Ecotarium 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™.

Aquarium of the Bay and the Sea Lion Center on the Embarcadero/PIER 39 lead the organization and are visited by millions. Other institutions include, The Bay Institute, the Bay Model Alliance, and the Bay Academy.

Aquarium hours: Everyday 10AM-6PM

Early Closures
Jan. 9: Closing at 4PM
Jan. 12: Closing at 5PM
Jan. 17: Closing at 5:30PM

October 5 – Blue Marble Benefit

After decades of serving millions of visitors, scientists and researchers affecting positive science-based environmental policies, is undergoing a major transformation into an Ecotarium; a world-class immersive, sustainability-driven aquarium, research and climate leadership facility.

Events & Exhibits

Explore the aquarium and below San Francisco Bay by getting up close and personal and come face to fin with more than 20,000 local marine animals.

The newest member of our aquatic family is Octavio, a Giant Pacific Octopus. Learn more about this rare and seldom-seen Bay Area native.

The Aquarium is the perfect exotic background for a distinctive and outstanding event. Book all or part of the Aquarium, or another of the Ecotarium’s exclusive venues for your next meeting, party or event.

Bay Ecotarium