Aquarium of Genoa

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, against the incomparable backdrop of the Gulf of Genoa.
Inaugurated in 1992 for the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of the New World, the Aquarium welcomes over one million visitors every year.

Its 27,000 square metres of exhibition space offer visitors the chance to take a trip through the seas of the world in order to admire dolphins, sharks, penguins, manatees and Antarctic animals: it is the only facility in Europe to house jellyfish, tropical fish, seals and much more, in environments that faithfully reproduce the natural habitats of the different species represented.

The complete visit lasts about 3 hours and offers spectacular views of the Old Port of Genoa - the Aquarium is located on the centuries-old wharf of Ponte Spinola - and comprises 40 large tanks in the first section, 4 open-air tanks in the  Cetaceans Pavilion (with its unique design by Renzo Piano) and 19 tanks in the Biodiversity Pavilion, located within an actual ship called "Nave Italia", where the public can pet stingrays in a large, specially-designed "petting zoo" tank. Also impressive are the reconstructed natural environments of the individual species housed in the Aquarium of Genoa, featuring not only sea creatures, but also reptiles, amphibians and rainforest and freshwater animals in general.

For information on prices and schedules, please visit the organisation's website.


Genoa Aquarium in summer 2020

The Aquarium of Genoa safely reopen.

It is equipped with body temperature screening at the entrance, specific signs to maintain the social distancing, both at ticket office and in front of the tanks; hand sanitizing dispensers along the path. Visitors will have to wear masks during the whole visit.

Exhibition paths are all available, except for the tactile tank, the VR Gear hall and the “Wings flapping” garden. Guided tours and “Behind the scenes” experience are both suspended for the moment, since they won’t allow the right social distancing.

In order to avoid queques at the ticket office, online purchase will be strongly incentivized (available on Aquarium website).  The maximum capacity of the Aquarium has been reduced from 600 to 150 visitors / each time slot (half an hour). The areas accessible to the public has been carefully cleaned up and cleaning activity will be daily increased.

Opening days and times:

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

Saturday, Sunday and non working days from 9 am to 8 pm (last entrance at 6 pm)

Advanced Online booking is strongly recommended, as it allows visitors to choose the day and the time slot for the visit.

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



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