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The Aquarium of Genoa. The Mediterranean’s largest maritime museum 

Thursday, 02 June 2022 08:00

The Aquarium of Genoa, the Mediterranean’s largest maritime museum is in Ponte Spinola, Genoa's 16th-century ancient port, and was opened in 1992 on the occasion of the Colombiadi, the Expo commemorating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America. It was later expanded several times.

Underwater fun and overnights for kids

Inside you can choose between the following routes: Planet Aquarium (the ticket includes the Aquarium and Tropical Garden, the National Antarctic Museum, and the Biosphere); GalatAcquario (a visit to the Aquarium and the Galata Museo del Mare, the largest maritime museum in the Mediterranean, as well as the S 518 Nazario Sauro submarine); Secret Aquarium (a behind-the-scenes peek to learn more about the tanks). Night with the sharks (to sleep in front of the shark tank and discover how the aquarium transforms itself at nightfall, only for children aged 7 to 13).

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There are over 70 tanks and dolphins

The aquarium visit lasts about two and a half hours and includes 70 tanks in addition to the four in the Cetacean Pavilion, which opened in the summer of 2013. In the four large tanks, which house manatees, sharks of various species, seals, and penguins, you can observe the animals from two different levels, and the dolphins can be seen from above and below, thanks to a large glass wall window and a 15-meter-long glass tunnel.

Better to book online

The public is welcome to attend the dolphin feeding times twice a day, with a trainer on hand to answer questions about the animals' biology and the daily work required for their care. Nemo's Aquarium, with the real fish that were the stars of the Disney film, is very popular with children. A tip: due to the extremely long lines, it is best to purchase tickets online; although there is a time on the ticket, it is not binding.




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