Cineaqua Aquarium Paris

Built in 1867, the CinéAqua Aquarium was the first of its kind in the world

Visitors enjoying the CinéAqua Aquarium in Paris
Visitors enjoying the CinéAqua Aquarium in Paris cc licensed photo by @rgs

If you travel to Paris, be sure to visit the CineAqua Aquarium also known as simply the Paris Aquarium. Many visitors to Paris focus on the city's mainstays of art museums, dining and shopping, but you'll truly miss out if you limit your experience to just those activities. The CineAqua Aquarium will provide hours of enjoyment to everyone entering its doors.

The Aquarium is situated in the 16th arrondissement in Paris. A true pioneer, this aquarium was the very first of its kind having been built in 1867. Many renovations, design and engineering changes have been made since then. The new and improved CineAqua Aquarium opened its doors to the public in 2006 after a lengthy renovation. This is a place worth visiting if you like to explore the amazing world of the sea.

There are many of attractions and activities offered for both children and adult nature lovers. Guided tours, movie screenings, workshops, live performances and educational animations are just some of the attractions in store. You can get up to date information on all of these activities on the official aquarium website linked to above.

There are approximately nine thousand different species of plants at the Aquarium. There are also more than five hundred species of fish and a variety of invertebrates here. One of the highlight attractions would be the shark tank in which more than thirty different species of shark cohabitate. The Paris Aquarium uses a total of 4 million litres of water in all of its tanks. This is of course shared between the many aquariums and artificial ponds that make up the Aquarium.

There are many facilities available at Aquarium de Paris Cinéaqua that make for a more comfortable and convenient visit as well. Visitors can enjoy a meal at the aquarium as well as pick up a few trinkets and mementos at the gift shop that is on site.

CineAqua Aquarium is tucked away across the river from the Eiffel Tower in the Jardin du Trocadero.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Address: 5 Avenue Albert de Mun, 75016 Paris, France

Phone: 01 40 69 23 23

Official Website: Cineaqua Aquarium Paris


Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M6 and M9Trocadéro6 minutes
RER-CChamp de Mars14 minutes

How to get to Cineaqua Aquarium Paris by Metro / RER

By Metro: Exit Metro Line 6 or 9 at Trocadero Station and, then walk through the plaza (towards the Eifel Tower) to the Trocadéro Gardens on the other side of Palais Chaillot. The entrance to the aquarium is located in the northeast portion of the gardens in front of the large sloped glass roof.

By RER-C: Exit the RER-C at Champ de Mars Station and follow the promenade north along the River Seine to the Pont d'Iéna bridge. Walk across the bridge to the Trocadéro Gardens and look for the sloping glass roof of the entrance to your right.

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Rated 3.7 out of 5L'Aquarium de Paris Star Rating

4 Star Rating It's a large Aquarium but not one of the nicest that I've been to... there is a fish petting area. Cool for kids. Not sure about the fish.

Kalaida Marie - 9 hours ago

4 Star Rating Particularly impressed with the size of the place and the variety of the fish. Enormous windows allow uninturrupted view from multiple angles/sides. A Lego play area is available for kids. There are also video projections, detailed explanations and animation/singing for children.

Waad Ben Kheder - 14 days ago

4 Star Rating Great indoor place to spend some time if bad weather. Neatly organized with good information. Free entry with Paris Pass Visited the place with my girlfriend because of heavy rain (!), trying to postpone a visit to the Eiffel Tower some hours (the two attractions are quite close). It was a delightful experience. Even if its seems somewhat directed toward kids, it has lots of quite cool underwater organisms like seahorses and jellyfish. The degree of information posters and the organizing in different environments makes it a nice way to contemplate whilst looking at beautiful creatures. Wish it had more species, though. Also negative that the microscope to look at different shark teeth didnt work. But well worth four stars!

Ragnar Granfeldt - 18 days ago

3 Star Rating Pretty interesting and maybe even more so for someone with children and even more so for the children themselves. There are shows put on, with underwater choreography; they have a schedule that you can get when visiting but maybe it would be better to check beforehand at what time they're on if you really want to see one. The price is steep and the conditions inside are the not the best overall, many missing exhibits. Fun playing with the koi fish although they seem to be mostly of the same colour mix. Overall a good place to spend an afternoon in the shadow from the burning sun and still see something interesting if you are willing to pay the 20€ fee. Definitely for families with children.

Alexei Croitoru - 1 month ago

3 Star Rating The place is interesting for my kid of 4 years, but what out me off was the condition of the interior. It is falling apart and no one seem to care. Located within a stone throw from the Eiffel Tower, you would think that the government would spend some money to maintain the place. Wrong! It feels neglected, even though there are wonderful exhibits of sharks, turtles and rare fish there. Somewhat disappointed because I did not get to do many Paris visitors prefer to do things in favor of making 4-year old happy.

Gregory Segal - 1 month ago


Sit back and enjoy the relaxing music as you watch the many different varieties of sealife in this video filmed at the Paris Aquarium

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