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Nausicaa, Centre National de la Mer

Boulevard SAINTE-BEUVE, 62203 Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
00 33 3 21 30 99 99
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Aquariums
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

There was lots to see and do inside and the grandchildren loved it. It was however exceptionally hot inside on the day we visited. It is well laid out with easy to follow numbered exhibits but was very busy by the time we left in the late afternoon. There is quite a lots of walking involved in semi darkness some... More

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Poole UK
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

No one interested in the welfare of fish or aquatic animals should patronise this 'attraction'. It features more self-conscious ecological films, static models and faux 'caring for the planet' displays than real fish or marine life. The layout is confusing in the extreme. The gimmicky design of the building meant we never did get to see some of the numbered... More

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London
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We visited Nausicaa with our teenage children who'd been wanting to visit for ages. It was a wet day in the summer holidays and the place was heaving. The aquarium is well laid out with signs in French and English and plenty of explanations. It was, however, slightly ruined for me by the truly appalling behaviour of hundreds of mainly... More

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Bois Colombes, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We went there with our 20 months son, and even if he didn't look at everythin, he was very excited to see all those fishes and sharks and turtles moving! We will return when he'll be older so that he can learn more, as there are many explanations on the sea world, very interesting and which should bring people to... More

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

An excellent way to find out about life in the oceans. To my mind this is far superior to the London Aquarium. Talks given throughout the day - but they were in French. We spent 2-3 hours there and if you have children I doubt they will be bored. We left in the early afternoon and by then hoardes of... More

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hengelo
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14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The whole presentation was very well chosen. We liked the coral reef, the shark bassin and the sealions. We obtained a good view on the challenges and threats the oceans has to face. We should be more carefull !

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I align my views with the more disappointed reviewers. We arrived at Nausicaa at 5.00 PM (after enjoying our visit to the citadel) but there were soon signs that the staff were ready to close the facility at 6.30 PM. The exhibits/galleries are numbered from 1 to 32, but it was not possible to follow them in strict numerical order.... More

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c_frete, Responsable commercial at Nausicaa, Centre National de la Mer, responded to this review

Dear Graham, Thank you for taking time to review Nausicaá on trip advisor. First of all, are you sure that you switched to French time? Nausicaá is open until 19.30 during the summer & it’s more unlikely that the staff might have pushed you out of the exhibition around 6.30PM. Nausicaá, is regularly rated for its amazing tanks, with more... More

Antony, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I went there for the first time around 20 years ago and I came back with my daughter. The smile on her face is sufficient for me so I'm not going to expend my comment.

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Hoi An, Vietnam
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13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

It was a great experience and really well laid out and good explanations. There is lots to see and do here for all ages although quite a lot of steps around. We managed to spend 4 hours,just wondering around marvelling at all the sea life.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Excellent value for money superb displays and very informative you can stay as long as you like & keep going back to ones you like. Lagoon restaurant small but good venue overlooking the lagoon. Loggerhead turtle looked sad tank too small but other tanks seemed adequate

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