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

Fee: Yes - Free entry with the Paris Pass.

Open Now: No

Hours 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 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France

Phone: 01 53 59 58 60

Official Website: Palais de la Porte Doree (Tropical Aquarium)

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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Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5

4 Star Rating Unexpected aquarium. Nice complement to a visit to the nearby zoo. Although not a huge aquarium, it's well kept and has some species that fascinate children (thanks to Octonauts and Kratts Brothers) which are not found at the "other" Paris Aquarium. You can see frog fish, electric eels, dipnoos (lung fish) and albino crocodiles!

Carlos Miranda Levy - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Excellent acquarim and good museum

Abhijeet bhardwaj - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Great architecture with original exhibitions and beautiful vision of France through the different immigration waves. Should be better known.

Aurélien Gascon - 5 months ago

5 Star Rating The aquarium was so well managed. Although is not a profitable facility, you should not expect some aquarium passage, but it was great for its own purpose and money value.

Binna Woo - 1 year ago

5 Star Rating I have visited the aquarium at the Val d'Europe twice and I thought it was nice ..have heard many times in the past about the Porte Doree aquarium but always thought that it would be too small and not meeting up with expectations...Obviously, I was so wrong...Got there last week and was completely blown away...Spacious, located near the Parc Zoologique de Paris, costs only 5 euro and housed in one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen...Corals, nemos or clown fishes as they are called, colourful other fishes, eels, rays and 3 big alligators...However, the most notable exhibit in my opinion is the pair of -white as snow-albino crocodiles...Stroll around at your convenience, enjoy the calmness and the colours of the underwater creatures but also take a look at the building which is a true jewel!

Yi Jian - 1 year ago

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Video walkaround showing some of the colorful aquatic displays and unusual sealife in the Tropical Aquarium

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