Spend a great half day with sea life swimming around you.
Located in Parque das Nações, Lisbon’s Oceanarium is one of the largest in the world, holding 5 million litres of sea water. It offers an impressive visit both for families and single adults.
Designed by the American architect Peter Chermaeff for the Expo98 event, the Ocean building can be seen as a single ocean containing the four marine habitats of the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and Antarctic.
Surrounded by water, the building represents both an island in the middle of the ocean and an anchored ship, ready to set sail. Inside, as part of the permanent exhibition, you will see not only fish but also puffins, penguins and otters.
In 2011, the Oceanarium extended to the Sea Building. With a façade covered in ceramic tiles imitating fish scales, the building houses the ticket office and temporary exhibitions.
At the time of writing, “Forests Underwater by Takashi Amano” is the temporary exhibition recreating tropical forests inside an aquarium. Takashi Amano’s interpretation of this eco-system stimulates visitors by the smells and sounds of the forest, using a musical piece by the composer Rodrigo Leão.
Guided Tours and Activities
There are guided tours to the permanent and temporary exhibitions and the Oceanarium’s backstage. Kids activities are also organised, including “Sleeping with Sharks” and “Fado for Kids”.
Esplanada Dom Carlos I, tickets can be bought online at www.oceanario.pt