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
Official Website: Palais de la Porte Doree Tropical AquariumHours This Week:
- 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
Ratedout of 5
A great place. It is a different and nice activity for adults as well. There is a wide variety of fish and information on all of them is available. There is also a museum on the top floor. If you are going to visit either of them, I recommend you to visit this place.
Selin Agcakale - 1 month ago
It was beautiful to see the exotic fishes from all corners of the world. There are also a couple of alligators but no frog, snakes or other sea creatures like octopus. From the good reviews before mine, I really hoped to see more. May be they didn't intend to deceive but my expectations were high on this one.
pri ya - 10 months ago
Best parisian aquarium. Not very big but very nice utilization of the space. Very beautiful and well organized. The building is another good reason to go there.
Christian Castel - 1 month ago
Was great,can't describe it anymore!! Had a good time with the kids. A must go.
Shabir Daiem - 6 months ago
Such a fun experience! Free activity to do and relax a little, the space it’s really nice and even thought it isn’t the biggest aquarium I have been in, it’s definitely cool! Close to other nice places.
Diana Cândido - 3 months ago
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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 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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