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Address: Riva Nazario Sauro 1 | Molo Pescheria 2, 34123, Trieste, Italy
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+39 040 306201

The Marine Aquarium of the City of Trieste dates back to 1933, a legacy...

The Marine Aquarium of the City of Trieste dates back to 1933, a legacy from Habsburg times and the successor to the Sant’Andrea Marine Zoological Centre (1875 – 1915) where prominent scholars such as Sigmund Freud studied. The project was conceived by the zoologist Giuseppe Müller, who, at the time, was director of the Trieste Municipal Natural History Museum and the Trieste Aquarium remains one of the City’s leading scientific museums. The Aquarium of Trieste is located in a privileged position facing out to sea and the technical layout reflects the building’s original plan with water being collected directly from the sea at the end of the pier and pumped up to 18 m (almost 60 feet) in the Clock Tower from where it is piped to the tanks. The architectural layout of the building, largely reflecting its original plan, does not allow for the large tanks found in modern aquariums and each tank, down corridors and past columns, presents a specific theme or story on marine animal and plant life, species at risk and fishing techniques, particularly those typical of the Adriatic Sea, an enfilade of mussel farms, submerged artificial barriers, wrecks and port settings, reefs, rocks and sand on the bottom of the sea, together with a deep-sea scenario in a 10,000-litre octagonal tank that is home to sharks and rays from the Gulf of Trieste. The Marine Aquarium of the City of Trieste offers examples of exotic fish and coral reef species, but mainly presents local marine fauna, often more familiar as a line on a menu or for sale at a fishmonger’s. The upper floor is home to a reptile house where several snakes, lizards, amphibians and tortoises can be admired. Trieste - located between the sea and the karst plateau – has a long tradition of studies on vipers, reptiles and pond fauna begun by Giuseppe Müller, who started the Aquarium project. Local species are at the heart of the display, along with unusual exotic animals such as iguanas, pythons and boas that have been rescued after being abandoned, abused or let loose in and around the city. Next to traditional terrariums, where one can observe almost all species of vipers and snakes present in North-eastern Italy, there is a reconstructed karstic pond where the loudly-croaking frogs reproduce regularly.

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I'm still not sure why I actually went there. I guess one of the reasons was that it had been decades since I last visited an aquarium. Well, it's nothing to write home about but... read more

Reviewed June 16, 2016
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São Paulo, SP
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Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

Very well displayed . It's worth a visit specially for children of all ages . They will love it . I loved it.

Thank Samgiordano
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Reviewed September 16, 2016

The secret to not being disappointed is having the right expectations.This is a fun place to spend about an hour, especially with children. We found all the fish and enjoyed learning about them. We didn't expect the snake exhibit on the second floor but also found it informative. The aquarium is modest but well done.

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

I'm still not sure why I actually went there. I guess one of the reasons was that it had been decades since I last visited an aquarium. Well, it's nothing to write home about but still not bad if you have some time to kill. It's quite small so you'll be in and out of there in a short time.... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed May 30, 2016

The Aquarium / Vivarium in Trieste has about 12 aquariums / terrariums an two floors with little animals / fish. There is an elevator.

Thank Chuck73_2016
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Reviewed April 5, 2016

This was recommended by our hotel as a great activity for kids in Trieste. We were excited to learn about the sea life native to this area of Europe. The outside of the building looks really cool, and we had high hopes for this aquarium. Unfortunately, the inside is sad, sad, sad! It is very poorly lit, the tanks are... More 

Thank kadi5
DirMuseiScientifici, Direttore at Acquario Marino, responded to this review
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Vi ringraziamo per la vostra visita al Civico Aquario Marino di Trieste. Le nostre vasche hanno un completo riciclo dell'acqua... More 

São Paulo, SP
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Reviewed January 20, 2016

This a very nice aquarium and one of the attractions of Trieste. Nicely displayed you can enjoy the environment of the sea fish in a clear and illuminated place.

Thank Samgiordano
Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

Rather small aquarium, but you can not expect much since the size of Trieste. Enough local species, especially from northern Adriatic sea, which is nice. Good terrarium in the upper floor, again most filled with local species. Very good position of the building. Cheap entrance. Worth visiting if you like nature.

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Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

An aquarium with a interesting marine species from the Adriatic. Place where all those species are is actually former Fish market. Inside you will find everything from turtles to snakes and kids will be amused.

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Upstate NY
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Reviewed October 30, 2014

Although it might be a pleasant diversion for young children, overall the aquarium is small, dirty, and neglected-feeling. There are many empty tanks, and most needed a good cleaning. The upstairs vivarium with the snakes was a bit better, but the signage could be greatly improved (namely, tell the visitors which snakes are poisonous and which are not!) I wanted... More 

Thank UpstateNYBetty
DirMuseiScientifici, Direttore at Acquario Marino, responded to this review

Thank you for your interest in our Aquarium. Yes, we are small and we cannot help it, since we are one of the oldest aquarium building in the world (the Aquarium tower and the internal space are the same from 1913). Nevertheless we are not dirty. The water inside the tanks may become cloudy from time to time, reflecting the... More 

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Reviewed October 3, 2014

Though small, displays are very well captioned, also translated into English. Ground floor shows man species of fish in clean, well lit tanks. Upper floor has many amazing reptiles. Don't miss the Burmese Python. This aquarium is good for all ages.

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