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 3.5 out of 5L'Aquarium de Paris Star Rating

4 Star Rating It is not a major attraction as you know, but the location is rather convenient, not far from the Eiffel Tower. We went there mainly for the young one, and I do agree with another comment that it was a bit small for the price you pay. It was better for us as we bought bundle tickets online, which means we visited Cineaqua in the morning, then Musée Grévin after lunch. There was a mini show towards the end of the exhibition areas when we just arrived, and it was rather cute featuring some songs and 'spells' the actress invited all the children to say together with her. It was a comedy and you can see that the children did enjoy it. As it was not crowded, it was quite a good experience to visit the place. We could walk through the tanks and exhibits in a very leisurely manner, adjusting the pace as we wish. The only problem was about the ticketing. When we showed them at the entrance the QR code of the vouchers, their scanner could not recognise them. It happened to us and another family at the queue. For this, we appreciate the assistance and the efficient remedial effort of the man there to let us in as soon as he can, so we were not stuck there for too long (like for only five minutes). If you are with kids, and you have the time, I would recommend paying a visit to this aquarium. Especially in summer, you would enjoy the air-conditioning as well. Oh, forgot to say, the souvenir shop near the exit was a nice little specialist bookstore as well. We bought some nice books about fish or aquarium, etc. from there, at a reasonable price.

Cheryl Hung - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Entry fee wasn't too expensive and it wasn't too far from the metro. Great array of fish for kids and adults.

Dennis Johnston - 12 days ago

2 Star Rating Overpriced and nothing special about it. Small for what you pay to see and was disappointed by the "touch pool" advertised just being a pool of koi. little variety in that respect. Staff on the other hand were nice.

Aimee Jones - 15 days ago

5 Star Rating Great for a 2 hour visit with children. Every main species are there. We liked the big shark pool and the pool allowing kids to touch fishes. Peppa Pig cooperation was a nice surprise. I would go back again, especially since it’s close to the Eiffel Tower.

Laetitia Aymonin - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Not been to an Aquarium in forever but I really enjoyed my visit! Lots of children around because all the museums were free today and the parents were taking advantage of the lack of traffic here haha. But lots of quiet spots and there were enough lulls in the children sea that it was still enjoyable! The exhibits were actually informative and well kept, really enjoyed seeing the variety of animals shown. Definitely recommend!

Mark Thomas Stevenson - 4 months 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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