Palais de la Porte Doree Tropical Aquarium

With over 300 species, the Palais de la Porte Doree tropical aquarium is certain to please and educate travellers of all ages

Entrance to the Tropical Aquarium in Palais de la Porte Doree
Entrance to the Tropical Aquarium in Palais de la Porte Doree

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. You can amuse yourself for a few hours finding and identifying as many 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

Palais de la Porte Doree Tropical Aquarium Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • 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

Address: 293 Av. Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France

Phone: 01 53 59 58 60

Official Website: Palais de la Porte Doree Tropical Aquarium

Palais de la Porte Doree Tropical Aquarium Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Had a fantastic time! I'm always fascinated by the animal world, so exploring the marine environment was an just amazing experience. Highly recommend it, especially since entrance is free for ages 12-25
Chay Alex - 5 months ago

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3 Star Rating An interesting little aquarium. A good variety of fish as well as an albino crocodile. I visited because I was going to the museum on the floor above. I was slightly concerned about the size of some of the tanks, especially for the rays which didn’t have much space. There is a cafe on the floor above.
Amelia Dellamuro - 9 months ago

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5 Star Rating Is small, but a nice visit for children. They can see fishes from arround the world
jaqsbcn - 2 months ago

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5 Star Rating very cool!! lots of full tanks and different types of animal / fish
sam - 2 months ago

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4 Star Rating Beautiful place and ideal if you want to go with kids. You will see people of all ages there. The aquariums are full of diverse fish. The real attraction are the albonos alligators. A sight to see if you haven't. Unfortunately it was raining that day so we could not enjoy the terrace outside.
Charlotte Nynapen - 9 months ago

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Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M8Porte Dorée5 minutes

How to get to Palais de la Porte Doree Tropical Aquarium 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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