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Plan a Visit

Community education is one of the central goals of the Dennis Kelly Aquarium. The aquarium is open to the public and does not require reservations during any of our public hours. Student aquarium managers are available during these hours to answer questions about any of our systems or organisms and can give informal tours to anyone interested. For larger groups, we encourage you to contact us ahead of time at occaquarium@occ.cccd.edu to schedule a more formal tour. 


Admission

Admission for both our public hours or aquarium tours are FREE.


Public Hours

Official public hours are held during the fall and spring semesters when student aquarium management classes are in session. The open hours for this semester are Mondays and Tuesdays from 3pm to 5pm each week (except during holidays when classes are not in session). There are no official hours during the summer, but feel free to stop by and ask one of the student managers to look around.


The public hours are meant to provide a time for our student aquarium managers to showcase the organisms they keep and provide community education about a diversity of marine life found in the ocean. Our goal is to help inspire students of all ages to learn more about marine life and illustrate the practical skills that courses in aquarium science can provide students with diverse interests and backgrounds.


Aquarium Tours

Private tours available upon request at different times during the week whenever classes are not in session. Remember that since the aquarium is an active classroom where multiple marine science courses are taught, tours are not available at all times during the week and we greatly appreciate a couple weeks notice so we can organize student volunteers to lead tours. Due to limited space, we prefer to keep a maximum group size of no more than 35 students at any one time. Please contact us at occaquarium@occ.cccd.edu with any questions or to schedule a tour.


Location and Parking

The Dennis Kelly Aquarium is located at the Lewis Center of Applied Sciences near the Community Planetarium. The closest parking lot is Lot E off of Merrimac Way. Metered parking is available right outside of the aquarium or one day parking permits can be purchased near the Campus Safety building located near the corner of Merrimac Way and Fairview Rd. Directions and campus orientation are available here.