Interested in exploring Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla? Founded in 1903, Scripps is one of the oldest and most prestigious marine and earth sciences research institutions in the world and is affiliated with UC San Diego. The Scripps mission is to seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment.
Learn more about the research and discovery under way at Scripps Oceanography by joining a free, one-hour, outdoor walking tour offered from 10 - 11 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month (excluding UC San Diego holidays). View several buildings of historical significance and step foot on the 1,090-foot-long Scripps Pier, an active, working research pier that is otherwise closed to the public. Tours are outdoors only and do not go inside research labs.
Tours are free, but registration is required. A map and tour details will be sent with registration confirmation.
Register online at: http://scrippsoceanography.eventbrite.com
Please Note: Your tour reservation request should be submitted no later than noon on the day before the tour you’ve chosen.
Considerations for the Disabled: There are hills and steps in the standard tour. Please indicate on the reservation request form if you require assistance.
Parking: Parking in Scripps lots is by permit only Monday-Friday. People visiting the Scripps campus during the business week will be required to park on the street.
On weekends and holidays, public parking is available in lots P002 and P003 and permits can be purchased from the pay station in lot P003. (Please note that the parking pay station is not activated for public parking Monday-Friday).
Not able to attend a regularly scheduled tour?
Check out our virtual tour: https://scripps.ucsd.edu/about/virtual-tour
Download our Scripps Campus Map and take a self-guided tour.
Interested in a more hands-on experience?
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today on every continent and in every ocean. The institution has a staff of more than 1,400 and annual expenditures of approximately $195 million from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates oceanographic research vessels recognized worldwide for their outstanding capabilities. Equipped with innovative instruments for ocean exploration, these ships constitute mobile laboratories and observatories that serve students and researchers from institutions throughout the world. Birch Aquarium at Scripps serves as the interpretive center of the institution and showcases Scripps research and a diverse array of marine life through exhibits and programming for more than 430,000 visitors each year. Learn more at scripps.ucsd.edu and follow us at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About UC San Diego
The University of California San Diego is a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public institution that provides opportunity for all. Recognized as one of the top 15 research universities worldwide and born of a culture of collaboration, UC San Diego sparks discoveries that advance society, drive economic growth and positively impact the world. Our students, who learn from Nobel laureates, MacArthur Fellows and National Academy members, are committed to public service. For the sixth consecutive year, UC San Diego has been ranked first in the nation based on research, civic engagement and social mobility. We are one campus with multiple pillars of excellence, a top ten public university that is transforming lives, shaping new disciplines and advancing the frontiers of knowledge. Learn more at www.ucsd.edu.