Friends of the Collections

Ice core collected from the deep ice coring project in West Antarctica

Ice core collected from the deep ice coring project in West Antarctica

A Little Help from Our Friends

The Scripps Oceanographic Collections make up the largest and most complete university-based oceanographic collection in the world. Comprised of millions of biological and geological marine specimens, the collections are irreplaceable because they record the state of the ocean environment at specific points in time over the past century. They tell a unique and evolving story of life on Earth and provide answers to questions about our planet's future.

Friends of the Collections members enjoy the following special privileges:


(UC San Diego Alumni: $750)
(Scripps Oceanography Alumni: $500)

  • Invitations to “behind-the-scenes” science events featuring Scripps scientists and students*
  • Exclusive pier tour guided by a Scripps scientist or student
  • Invitations to exhibit openings, seasonal events, and the monthly Jeffrey B. Graham Perspectives on Ocean Science lecture series
  • Dual Membership at Birch Aquarium at Scripps, which includes:
    • Free unlimited admission for two adults
    • Four guest passes and four discount coupons
    • OnBoard newsletter and explorations e-magazine
    • 10% discount at the Aquarium Gift Shop and Splash! Cafe

      *Small fee charged to offset program expenses.

Join Now

For more information about how you can support the Scripps Oceanographic Collections, or to join us for a tour, please contact us at (858) 822-1865 or