Support the Roundhouse!

The Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center is run by Oceanographic Teaching Stations (OTS). OTS is a 501 (c)3 non profit (Tax ID #95-3409019) organization dedicated to teaching people about the oceans, marine life, and human impacts on the environment. We are one of the only aquariums in the Los Angeles area open for free seven days a week. We rely solely on donations and grants to support our operations and programs. All donations are completely tax-deductable.

Please make a donation

To make a cash or check donation, please download our donation form.




Privacy policy: We value your privacy. We promise never to give or sell your personal information to anyone, period!

If you aren’t sure about donating, or want to see what your funding will support, please learn more about our programs, our mission, and how we spread ocean awareness. Our annual report for last FY 2015-2016 is now available online. Please read our accomplishments and plans for the future – only possible with your support.

Become an Aquarium Advocate

Become a monthly donor to make your support go even further!

This steady stream of funding will ensure that we’re able to care for our animals, train our volunteers, and educate students and visitors all year long.

Every dollar is important, so please consider donating $10, $15, or $20 each month to support our efforts. You may cancel at any time.


Donation Options



Your donations help support:

  • FREE admission to the aquarium, which helps us educate over 125,000 visitors each year from around the world. Many of whom would not be educated about the ocean environment without free access to the Roundhouse Aquarium.
  • Our growing volunteer and internship programs. Allowing individuals in high school, college, and beyond to gain valuable experience in marine science, biology, and environmental education, and learn valuable life skills.
  • A highly dedicated and educated staff committed to educating people about diverse life found in oceans, the impact of oceans on daily lives and the impact humans have on marine environments.
  • Beautiful and educational tanks and displays with primarily native marine life, and also featuring some special non-native animals.



Friendship Levels

Everyone who donates $25 or more will receive:

  • Personal tax receipt and thank you letter with information about how donations support Roundhouse.
  • Additional tokens of our appreciation depending on your level of support. Click here to see list.
  • Invitations to our special Friends Only Nights throughout the year.
  • Donators over $100 will be recognized on our Member Board at the entrance of Roundhouse.

For information on other sponsorship opportunities please contact Dawn at 310-379-8117, or click on these links:

Tank Sponsorships

Class Sponsorships

Other Ways to Support the Roundhouse

Besides direct donations, the Roundhouse offers other ways for you to show your support during your every day purchases and internet use.

  • Use Goodsearch, be sure to enter Oceanographic Teaching Stations as the charity you search for.
  • Get coupons and get a portion of your purchase price donated to the Roundhouse when you use Goodshop.

  • Shop at the Roundhouse Cafe Press Store. 20% of your purchase price is a donation to Roundhouse.
  • Support the Roundhouse every time you shop on Amazon with Amazon Smile. Specify “Oceanographic Teaching Stations Inc” as the organization to support.
  • Use you Ralph’s Club Card when you shop and Ralph’s will donate a percentage of your bill to the Roundhouse.  Be sure we are your designated organization by clicking here.  Select OTS Roundhouse Aquarium, or find us using our number: 93690.

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