Cité de l'Océan, Biarritz

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Tourist Spot Educational Site
Dive into Cité de l'Océan to understand more about aquatic life. Where does the water in the oceans come from? How are waves formed? Did Atlantis really exist? Would we be here if the ocean never existed? Is the ocean in danger today?

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  • The displays that did work were really interesting. You could learn about the formation of the oceans, the animals that live at the poles, the temperate oceans (except only one worked when I stepped o...  more »
  • Went here with the kids on a rainy day. Incredible interactive stuff to keep them entertained. There was a surf thing in VR that was amazing. And Dad got to sneak off upstairs for a coffee.  more »
  • More of a science exhibit than a museum, I can highly recommend walking here along the coast from Biarritz on a nice day. You can't currently walk at sea level (unless the tide is out) from Cote des B...  more »
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  • I enjoyed what was there and appreciated that the audio is available in French, English and Spanish; however, I hope they do something with all of the space they have! The 2nd floor has a path to an auditorium and where the virtual reality surfing used to be, but that area is closed off. The virtual reality diving and surfing are both on the ground floor now. The exhibits are interactive and I found them interesting, but several did not work properly. The giant heads telling stories about the Bermuda Triangle and other mysteries are supposed to be followed by a video with the explanation, but only one worked for me. The others just shut off after the initial portion. If it's a rainy day in Biarritz, it's worth a visit. I hope they can add more to it in the future!
  • Lots to see and available in English, Spanish​and French. Interesting stuff and above all good air-conditioning.
  • Good use of technology to teach ocean science. Large open space inside museum allows students and families access to installations, without being too crowded. I enjoyed my time here and could recommend it for an afternoon out.
  • Modern structure, which clashes a bit with the area.
  • Beautiful place for meeting