Visiting the 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. 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 Doree

Fee: Yes - Free entry with the Paris Pass.

Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • 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

Category: Museums

Address: Palais de la Porte Dorée
293 avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris
France

Phone: +33 1 53 59 58 62

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
4 out of 5 4 Star Rating
Based on 15 Reviews.

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4 Star Rating 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

Mir A. Sep-30-2018

4 Star Rating 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

Marc R. Mar-25-2015

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Directions

Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M8Porte Dorée5 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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Video walkaround showing some of the colorful aquatic displays and unusual sealife in the Tropical Aquarium

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