Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay

Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco Bay’s Aquarium. We are passionate about providing fun and unforgettable encounters with our natural world in ways that ignite both wonder and conservation. We do this from our 50,000 square foot building at the heart of San Francisco history and culture. We are nestled in the shadow of Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill on Fisherman’s Wharf at PIER 39, along the City’s “Walkable Waterfront.”

We also own a research vessel and partner with several boat fleets to take our
conservation, education and research out on the Bay.

Our Mission
In partnership with the thirty year old nonprofit The Bay Institute, we inspire conservation of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed, from the Sierra to the Sea. Our passion and our work are locally-focused, but have a broad impact that touches upon every major challenge facing our global environment.

How do we achieve the mission?
We focus on water, beginning at the heart — the very depths — of San Francisco Bay. Our jewel-box facility boasts 300 feet of crystal clear acrylic tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained bay water that sustains approximately 20,000 animals, from octopuses to eight-foot native, sevengill sharks. Visitors are also treated to mesmerizing walls of jellies, and a chance to get close and touch bat rays, skates and “splash zone’ animals.

In our fifteen year history, over seven million guests, including more than 100,000 school children, have visited the Aquarium.

The information above can be found on the official website of Aquarium of the Bay. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website:

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