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“This is NOT the Oceanario” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aquario Vasco da Gama

Aquario Vasco da Gama
Rua Direita do Dafundo | Algés, 1495, Lisbon, Portugal
21/419-63-37
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Ranked #5 of 211 attractions in Lisbon
Type: Aquariums
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Tilburg, The Netherlands
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“This is NOT the Oceanario”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I noticed many people reviewed this aquarium thinking it was the huge aquarium in Lissabon with the seaotters, the penguins, the huge tank with sharks etc. This is NOT that aquarium. It is named Oceanario de Lisboa and is on the other side of town!

Now, as for the REAL Aquario Vasco da Gama, it is a small public aquarium in Belem. It is by no means spectacular of breath-taking, but it actually still a good visit. The aquarium might be small, the 4 euro entrance fee is worth it. And you get a zoological museaum to go with it as well.

You can easily spend an hour or two watching the fishes, crabs, starfish and many other creatures in this aquarium. There are some really cool and bizar looking species, like slipper lobsters, toadfish and weevers. There is also an amfibian room which features many (rare) species of frogs and salamanders, mostly from the Iberian peninsula.

I am not rating this aquarium 5 stars though, and this is because there are also sea turtles and fur seals here, but they are kept in enclosures that are too crowded for them. The only downside to this otherwise great little aquarium

Visited March 2014
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“Nice place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

It is an exotic and nice place to visit when you come down to Lisbon. I was truly inspired by the name Vasco da Gama. The collection of fishes was great and I loved the aquarium so much. I myself have more collections of tropical golden fish and Morph varieties. I was so thrilled to check this place out as it had great collection of aquariums and rare fishes. My kid enjoyed this place very much and we took lots of photos. I will again visit this place with my kid next summer to enjoy the place. It is now close to my heart in Lisbon. The area was cleanly maintained.

Visited February 2014
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“Worth The Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Have been here before and thoroughly enjoyed our vist. An amazing circular aquarium and a delight to walk around and watch the fishes.

Visited February 2014
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“Beautiful and perfect for a rainy day in Lisbon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We spent hours there and we don't even have small kids anymore. But adult parents and a teenager had a wonderful time.

Visited December 2013
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“This is NOT the Oceanario De Lisboa; reviewers placing in wrong title”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I just noticed that many reviewers are placing their reviews in the wrong heading. There are 2 aquariums in Lisbon, the Oceanario de Lisboa and the Aquario Vasco da Gama. The Oceanario de Lisboa is the real attraction; it's located in the Parque das Nações, which was the exhibition grounds for the Expo '98. About 10km NE of Praça do Comércio.

On the other hand, the Vasco da Gama Aquarium, on N6, near Algés on the Cascais railway line, has been in operation since 1898 but at best a dated institution with a few sporadically worthwhile live exhibits. It's about 11km West (same direction as you visit Belem but past it) of Praça do Comércio.

Visited January 2014
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