Planning your Paris itinerary is always a challenging task because Paris seems to offer so many interesting opportunities that choosing only a few can be quite difficult. The Palais de la Porte Doree is definitely a must-see and should be included in any traveller's Paris itinerary. This tropical aquarium is bound to please just about any type of traveller.
The Palais de la Porte Doree is an exhibition space situated in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. The actual aquarium is located in the basement of the Palais de la Porte Doree. The building itself has been used for a variety of different functions since it was opened in 1931. It offers more than sixteen thousand square metres of space to be used for exhibits or offices.
One of the major attractions of the Palais de la Porte Doree is the amazing artwork in the form of bas-relief. These reliefs were done by the talented artist, Alfred Janniot. The extensive artworks show a variety of creatures. These include, but are not limited to, magnificent elephants, winding snakes and majestic zebras.
When visiting the tropical aquarium in the basement of Palais de la Porte Doree, visitors can expect an impressive sight. There is a vast variety of plant and animal species present in the aquarium. In fact, it is reported that there are in excess of 5,000 specimens representing more than three hundred different species of aquatic animals living in the Palais de la Porte Doree tropical aquarium. There is a You should be able to amuse yourself for a good few hours just trying to find and identify as many of these species of plant and animals as you can.
The aquarium itself is made up of a total of 84 individual aquariums or tanks. These tanks range in size from as small as fifty litres to as large as thirty seven thousand litres. A 135 square metre terrarium houses crocodiles and alligators and there is another smaller terrarium for turtles. Make sure you budget enough time for visiting this aquarium when planning your Paris itinerary because one simply does not realize how much time goes by while there.
Nearby attraction: Bois de Vincinnes
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Palais de la Porte DoreeFee: Yes - Free entry with the Paris Pass.
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Palais de la Porte Dorée
293 avenue Daumesnil
Phone: +33 1 53 59 58 62
Mir A. Sep-30-2018
Extremely interesting. On the first floor there's a little exhibit on the history of the Palais de la Porte Dorée itself, which first hosted a colonial... Read More
Marc R. Mar-25-2015
Also had a chance to visit the library here. All in French the collection is a handy tool used to teach dozens of students daily. Nice tables and chairs... Read More
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|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M8||Porte Dorée||5 minutes|
How to get to Palais de la Porte Doree by Metro / RER
By Metro: Exit Metro line 8 Porte Dorée Station; cross the road on your left (Blvd Poniatowski) and follow it to your left (northeast) to Place Edouard Renard (at the traffic circle) and go right. Continue past the centre island lined with fountains and palm trees. The Tropical Aquarium is located just east of this in the large building across the street to your left.
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