Lisbon Oceanarium: Deep Oceans Exhibition
The Lisbon Oceanarium is one of those places that surprises its visitors, whether by the size, range of species or by the great educational work done (a very attractive point for those visiting with children). To dimension its size just imagine living there 8000 animals and plants, 500 species in 7 million liters of salt water.
One point that stands out during the visit is the work to raise awareness that the ocean is in fact one, no matter it is called the Indian, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic or Antarctic depending on your location in the world. What is worth remembering is this division is man-made, but as the environment is one, what happens in a certain point affects the life of this entire ecosystem, highlighting the importance of preserving the ocean as a whole.
About the visit, it begins as soon as you pass through the ticket station and must go down in a ramp to get to the main building. There are through this corridor some sentences and impressive statistics about the ocean.
After that, you arrive at the Lisbon Oceanarium that begins its visit by the central tank, which is no doubt the most impressive of them. This tank has 5.000m ³ and can be observed through four huge glass windows with 40sqm each. These windows are strategic positioned, so that is possible to admire the species who live there from multiple points of the Oceanarium.
Besides the central tank there are 4 smaller divisions that represent coastal habitats: North Atlantic, Antarctic, Pacific Temperate and Indian Tropical. There are represented some aquatic and some terrestrial species. All these tanks converge on the central tank bringing again the idea of unity among the oceans . In addition to this permanent exhibition there is another pavilion which hosts temporary exhibitions that can be checked on the oceanarium´s website.
For those visiting the Lisbon Oceanarium, we recommend buying tickets online, besides avoiding lines they have 10% off the ticket for temporary + permanent exhibition.
Brief History of the Lisbon Oceanarium
It was in 1998 during preparations for the Expo in Lisbon that the region of the city (Parque das Nações) went through a big change, and one of them was the construction of the Lisbon Oceanarium. The opening of this new project in the city was all about the theme of World´s Exhibition: “The oceans, a heritage for the future.” Currently the Lisbon Oceanarium is one of the largest in the world and attracts about 1 million visitors a year.
Lisbon Oceanarium – Information
Address: Esplanada Dom Carlos I, s/nº, 1990-005 Lisboa
Tel.: (+351) 218917002
Working Hours: summer: 10am to 8pm (last entrance: 7pm) – winter: 10am to 7pm (last entrance: 6pm)
Tickets: (10% off online purchases)
|Age||Permanent + Temporary Exhibition||Permanent Exhibition|
|0 to 3||Free||Free|
|4 to 12||11,00€||9,00€|
|13 to 64||16,00€||13,00€|
* 2 adults + 2 children up to 12 years old, extra child 5,50€
We recommend visitors to validate these infos on the Castle website, before visiting.
Thank you Bernardo Nunes for these amazing pictures of the Lisbon Oceanarium! 😉