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“Small but Good”
Review of Acquario civico

Acquario civico
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$27.41*
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Milan City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #87 of 918 things to do in Milan
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Free admission is a huge selling point of this Milanese treasure, the city’s aquarium. Both children and adults will have a ball here observing live fish, the museum’s photographic galleries, and limited-time exhibitions.
Reviewed December 13, 2012

The aquarium is small, modern, and free. It's very close to the Castle, inside Parco Sempione, so it's easy to just pop over for half an hour when you are sight-seeing. The exhibits are on the different water ecosystems of Italy, and start with mountain systems and move clockwise through lakes, rivers, to the Mediterranean. I recommend taking a left when you enter, starting at the mountains, even though your eyes will be immediately drawn to the cool oceanic tanks to the right... Make sure to check the opening hours on the website; as it's free entry year round, the hours are limited and I think they have a lot of closed days. Also, the outside of the building itself is unique, it's in the Italian Liberty style with some cool tile work.

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Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

I went here alone but thoroughly enjoyed looking at the different species of fish. Nothing out of the ordinary - clownfish, angelfish, stingray, coy, etc. but if you're on a budget, or simply want something else to do while in the area, it's worth a look. Free entrance, closed on Mondays, closes for lunch from 1-2pm Tuesday-Sunday.

3  Thank LM328
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

Just beside the parco sempione, we spent a lovely hour inside the cool aquarium looking at the fish and up on the roof terrace looking at the painted tiles and lovely views over the park.

2  Thank jillicious
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Go visit the Acquario. The building is spectacular, a step back in time when palaces like this were built to showcase the wonders of the underwater world during the late 19th century. Though the outside is old, the inside has been renovated to show the animals in environments as close to nature as possible , with out the over the type manner that many public aquariums utilize today.

While there, we received a behind the scenes tour from one of the resident aquarist who explained the manner in which the systems were ran and the difficulty of dealing with a building that was so old, but in my opinion, they are doing an amazing job.

This era of buildings and aquarium deserve to be preserved and need to be visted.

Admission is FREE!

1  Thank Jason K
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

a great place if you are with children but i actually went there on my own, found it very nice, a walk between aquariums with all sort of colorful fishes and coral reefs, free of charge!!

1  Thank lina v
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