Oceanário de Lisboa

Oceanário de Lisboa, Lisbon: Hours, Address, Oceanário de Lisboa Reviews: 4.5/5

Oceanário de Lisboa
4.5
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
Opened in 1998, the Oceanário was the centerpiece of the XXth Century's last World Fair, themed "The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future", and eternally binds Lisbon to the Oceans.MissionThe Oceanário’s mission is to promote knowledge of the oceans and bring up the public about the duty of protecting natural heritage, through changing their daily habits.While walking through impressive and unforgettable exhibits, visitors are encouraged to learn fascinating things about the oceans and, more importantly, how to make decisions in their daily lives that actively promote the conservation of nature.
Suggested duration
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The area
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Neighborhood: Parque das Nações
This neighborhood was built up at the end of the 1990s mostly because of the Expo '98. The pavilions and structures that once were the home of all the Expo's attractions and exhibits are still culturally and artistically significant. In Parque das Nações you'll explore conference and concert pavilions, a shopping center, trendy restaurants and an enjoyable cable car ride you can't miss out on. On top of this, the amazing Lisbon Oceanarium (one of the most spectacular things you'll ever see in the city) will take your breath away: its respect and will to preserve natural wildlife is uncanny. Easily accessible by metro, bus or taxi from the city center, Parque das Nações is highly recommended for anyone who'll spend more than 3 days in the Portuguese capital.
How to get there
  • Oriente • 9 min walk
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Emma C
Oxford, UK2,270 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
My husband really wanted to come here. So we took the bus (around 30 mins) from Praca do Comercio. We got a discounted entry as we had Lisboa Cards. We spent around 90 mins here wandering around the place. The tank is absolutely huge with loads of sharks and different varieties of fish. The sea otters were really cute.

On the day we went (a Saturday) it was packed with local families and kids really enjoying their visit.

Definitely worth a visit.
Written May 15, 2022
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Sashimi_Marti
Il Gzira, Malta7 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Felt like we were in a different universe ❤️ Seeing all those kinds of fishes and the entire ocean flora and fauna made us fee disconnected from reality. It is a must to see when visiting Lisbon ! Tickets are affordable and definitely worth it . You can spend couple of hours inside if you wish 😊
Written May 2, 2022
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Malgorzata
11,037 contributions
Dec 2019
The building itself has an interesting modern architecture. The aesthetic shape of the building, well integrated into the space, fits perfectly into the surroundings. Also very aesthetic inside. We start our journey on the highest floor, that is on the surface, and then we go down a great spiral of stairs lower and lower, sinking into "big blue" in which aquatic animals, fish, crustaceans and others live. A large aquarium in the center of the building allows you to see all the big fish. In the smaller ones, you can admire the smaller and very small wonders of nature. Clear descriptions in two languages , Portuguese and English. Very polite and helpful staff. It is best to buy tickets in advance, online, because even after the season there are long queues before entering. There are two cafes in the oceanarium where you can have a lunch or just coffee and cakes.
Written November 29, 2020
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lilsika
Atlanta, GA9 contributions
Apr 2022
Don’t go on a rainy day!!!! We had booked online a week in advance but then it happened to be a very rainy day and all of Lisbon’s tourists seemed to go. We had to queue for half an hour to get in despite having already bought the tickets…inside it was so packed you couldn’t see anything and it didn’t feel safe at all…not to even mention the ongoing pandemic. We left after half an hour and if I could I’d want my money back. Horrific experience.
Written April 22, 2022
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LondonSeb
London, UK76 contributions
May 2021
Great place to see. The main tank is very big and can be seen from many angles and several floors. Some great animals I had never seen before, like a giant fish divers inside the tank were feeding by hand.

However, was a bit too busy for proper social distancing, despite booking in advance for a specific 1 hour time slot on a weekday (Monday) at 11:00. I think they are letting too many people in at each slot/hour, and also let people aggregate at specific places. I surely wouldn't go there on a weekend.

Walking outside of the building and near the riverfront was nice too.
Written May 29, 2021
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Philip M
Atlanta, GA243 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Chris and I visited here on Saturday.

The line across the drawbridge was somewhat organized.

The problems started once patrons arrived at the ticket counter which is physically inside the tower on the lower level.

Only one cashier was working on a busy Saturday afternoon. Ridiculous. We could see a mob of people at the glass window with lots of unhappy faces.

The cashier spoke English and claimed the credit card device was nonfunctional and therefore everyone had to pay cash. Many patrons were tourists like us and only had euros denominations of 20, 50 or more.

The cashier claimed that he didn’t have any small denomination bills or coins. Admission was six euros per person. So if you only had a 20 euro bill then the cashier pocketed the rest for himself. It’s inexcusable for a major landmark on a busy Saturday to demand cash and then lack sufficient change.

There were a group of tourists from Spain in front of us arguing with the cashier about the lack of change and calling him out about this dishonest situation.

A group of us in line ended up negotiating amongst ourselves for correct change in order to enter without walking away from our own money.

This cashier was smirking and laughing at us and other tourists unaware that we speak Spanish and some functional Portuguese.

The tower and views are amazing.

The stairwells are narrow and have a system of red and green lights to control traffic up and down the stairs. Many of the stairs are only 19 inches wide and can only permit one person in one direction.

There weren’t any employees enforcing the red and green lights resulting in frustrating gridlock inside the stairwells.

The employees are dishonest, disorganized and need to be replaced.

Bring lots of small bills and change then take a deep breath and prepare for frustration.

Written January 12, 2020
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julesamd
England59 contributions
Apr 2022
We chose a less rainy day and it was a Saturday so we expected it to be a bit busier but it was really good. Wait time for tickets was only about 10 minutes, and felt spacious and safe there.
The aquarium is very impressive and the design to view this is factored in every section that you walk through. All displays were excellent and the temporary featured exhibition was Submerged Forests by Takashi Amano and amazing!
Very nice place, we had a quick coffee but warning, they only provide regular milk, and nothing else.
Would recommend this experience.
Written April 25, 2022
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NCGatorGirl
North Carolina52 contributions
Mar 2020
As someone that works in an aquarium, I usually have a different perspective than most visitors. The property is laid out in two separate buildings, one for their cafe, admissions, classrooms and gift shop- and another that is positioned over the water that contains their exhibits.

Their main exhibit sits in the center and you have multiple viewing windows as your make your way around the pathway. You see four different regions of the world in each corner of the building, each very unique from the other.

Everything had great interpretation making it easy to understand the animals and some fun facts about each exhibit. They had a wonderful children's area that we spent some time - they really encourage conservation through some fun interactive displays that all can enjoy.

They have a beautiful film to view before you cross the bridge into the aquarium, very immersive and impactful. One of the best gift shops that I have seen and the cafe is very reasonably priced compared to most zoos and aquariums. Great visit!
Written April 1, 2020
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MexChilanga
Mexico876 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Excellent aquarium in Lisbon. Buy your tickets online for timed entrance. Great activity on a rainy day. You can spent 1-2 hours exploring inside and there are even little penguins and otters (if you catch them at the right time when they are feeding, it’s a spectacle!). Highly recommend it. I would rank it up there with one of the best aquariums in the world.
Written March 23, 2022
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Anton K
10 contributions
Aug 2021
1) Buy tickets online. The line for off-liners is longer and processes 5-10 times (!!!) longer. We spend 1.5 hours in the line.
2) Average oceanarium as for a Europe. Quite small, no tunnels, no huge spaces, no good panoramas. 1 hour to visit.
Written August 25, 2021
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