Aquarium of Genoa

As provided for in the Prime Ministerial Decree of 3/11/2020, containing the new measures to deal with the epidemiological emergency of Covid-19, exhibitions and services of museums and other cultural institutes and places are suspended until 3 December 2020.

The Aquarium of Genoa is the largest exhibition of aquatic biodiversity in Europe, with 70 tanks housing over 12,000 animals belonging to 600 species.

The Aquarium of Genoa offers visitors the chance to discover underwater life in a journey among dolphins and sharks, penguins and manatees, jellyfish and seals, tropical fish and Antarctic animals.

The visitor is welcomed and projected into the captivating and unknown world of the Aquarium of Genoa, whose itinerary is organized into three sections with 40 large tanks, a faithful replica of underwater habitats. With its specimen included in a European conservation project involving about 20 structures, it is the only structure in Europe that grants the public the possibility of getting to know and admire the manatees, the so-called "sirens of the sea”. The visit continues with the 4 open-air tanks of the Cetacean Pavilion (designed by Renzo Piano), which can be visited on two different levels, allowing the visitor to "dive" into the world of cetaceans while learning about the biology of the 8 species of Cetaceans that inhabit the Pelagos Sanctuary, the largest marine protected area of the Planet located at the very heart of the Mediterranean Sea.

The itinerary continues further with the 19 tanks of the Biodiversity Pavilion, housed inside the Nave Italia berthed at the Old Port. Nave Italia is a real ship redesigned with environments mainly dedicated to the Mediterranean Sea and to Madagascar, one of the countries with the highest concentration of endemic biodiversity in the world. This last section accommodates the large touch tank where the public can pet stingrays.

 This visit makes it possible to fully experience the life of the aquarium, to discover the riches of the seas and the diverse aquatic environments of our Planet, to show the conservation and research projects that the structure is engaged in and to discover all the secrets and curiosities of a place where life is constantly renewed.

The Aquarium of Genoa was inaugurated in 1992 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America by Columbus and it has more than one million visitors every year.



Genoa Aquarium in 2020

The Aquarium of Genoa is safely opened following the governmental and regional guidelines. Costa Edutainment has put in place all the exceptional measures in order to ensure the visitors’ safety.  The structure is equipped with body temperature screening at the entrance, dedicated signs to maintain the social distancing, both at ticket office and in front of the exhibition tanks, hand sanitizing dispensers along the way. Masks must be worn for the entire duration of the visit.

Exhibition paths are all available, except for the touch tank, the VR Gear hall and the “Wings flapping” garden. After the first period of reopening, guided tours and “Behind the scenes” experience are resumed only for small groups to allow the correct social distancing. To avoid queues at the ticket office, visitors are strongly recommended to buy tickets online. The maximum capacity of the Aquarium has been reduced from 600 to 200 visitors/each time slot (half an hour). Furthermore, the structure has carried out thorough cleaning of all the spaces that will be granted access to the public and it will increase this activity daily.

The Aquarium of Genoa was the first touristic and cultural facility in the world to be conferred the Biosafety Trust Certification established by RINA with the intention of preventing and controlling the spread of infections and in order to protect people's health in public and private gathering places.


Opening days and times:

from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm (last entrance at 4 pm)

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9 am to 8 pm (last entrance at 6 pm)

For those who are interested in fully experiencing the sea and intend to combine the visit of the Aquarium of Genoa with the visit to the Galata Museo del Mare, until November 30th, every purchase of a full fare GalatAcquario Adult ticket will also include two children tickets (4-12 years) for free. The promotion is valid both at the ticket office and online at


In the light of the Prime Ministerial Decree issued by the Government and published in the Official Gazette on 25 October 2020 and the consequent implications in terms of reduced turnout, from 28 October 2020 the Biosphere and the Bigo panoramic lift will be closed. The Aquarium of Genoa and the Galata Museo del Mare will remain open.

For further information on tickets prices and time schedule, please visit the Aquarium website.



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