Birch Aquarium at Scripps


2300 Expedition Way La Jolla, CA 92037

The Birch Aquarium at Scripps is situated on a spectacular site overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  This unique facility presents undersea creatures in realistic habitats, and allows visitors to experience the frontiers of marine science through hands-on museum exhibits.  This beautiful venue results in memorable events for conventions and corporations; professional, academic, and social organizations; and family occasions.  The aquarium is conveniently located near La Jolla Shores, within easy access of major freeways.  Whether it is an elegant wedding ceremony or a wedding reception, the aquarium is the ideal location.

Full Facility – At more than 30,000 square feet, the full Birch Aquarium facility can accommodate up to 1,500 guests with multiple setup configurations available. Guests will be able to explore ocean habitats, get hands on with Scripps Oceanography science, and enjoy some of the best ocean views in San Diego. 

Galleria – Central and beautiful, Birch Aquarium’s Galleria features multi-story windows and ocean views. At 4,200 square feet, this beautiful indoor space will accommodate 400 people for a stand-up reception, 200 for a sit-down dinner, 160 for buffet style service, and 375 for a theatre-style event. This location offers easy access to all of Birch Aquarium’s exhibits. 

Entrance Courtyard –  This 3,000-square-foot entirely open-air space is a great area to extend your party from the indoor Galleria. It will accommodate 300 for a reception and 150 for a sit-down dinner.

Preuss Tide Pool Plaza – Featuring the most spectacular views at Birch Aquarium, this 3,750 square foot open-air space includes panoramic ocean views and the aquarium’s tide pool exhibit. Accessible from inside the Galleria, this split-level accessible space will accommodate 500 people for a stand-up reception, 140 for a sit-down dinner and 175 for a wedding ceremony. The views from Preuss Tide Pool Plaza are especially spectacular during sunset.

Education Courtyard – The 3,000-square-foot open-air Education Courtyard is enclosed on four sides. This intimate space will accommodate 250 people for a stand-up reception, or 100 seated and is a lovely area for a variety of activities.

Smargon Exhibit Courtyard – At 6,000 square feet, this open-air courtyard features some of the best views at Birch Aquarium. The dynamic Smargon Courtyard offers guests plenty to touch and see while enjoying panoramic La Jolla Shores views. It will accommodate 300 people for a stand-up reception, or 170 seated. 

Cafe Pavilion – Located at the entrance of Birch Aquarium, this 10,000-square-foot, open-air courtyard  will accommodate 1000 people for a stand-up reception, or 500 seated. It is a spacious area for a variety of events and features dramatic life-sized brass statues of breaching Gray Whales. 

Site Specifications

Capacity: up to 1,500


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