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Acquario Civico, Milan

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Acquario Civico, Milan's free city aquarium, is a great place to cool down and enjoy a variety of aquatic life. The Art Nouveau building is the third-oldest aquarium in Europe, built in 1906 for the International Exhibition of Milan. Inside, you'll find a number of salt- and freshwater exhibits, as well as photo galleries and traveling displays. Particularly notable is the freshwater mountain stream exhibit, which recreates the ecosystem within a snowmelt-fed stream. Here you'll see the high current and pebble bottom characteristic of this environment, along with the small, flat-bodied, or hooked-appendaged creatures adapted to it. Arrange your visit to Acquario Civico and discover more family-friendly attractions in Milan using our Milan day trip planning app .
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  • August 18, 2017
    It is not a large aquarium, though teaching is great and organize, for children, evenings and nights spent with them in the Aquarium between educational and imaginative storytelling.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Small aquarium which offers a corridor on the local fish and a second on the exotic fish, as well as a few outdoor pools. The visit can be done very quickly because the place is pretty small but we had a good hour to really observe different species of fish and appreciate the environments recreate for them. The façade of the building (built on the occasion of the universal exhibition) worth the look.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Is a nice destination for families. The visit is cheap and not too challenging (just an hour). The location of the tanks from the mountain to the sea is very informative. Very beautiful the architecture and decoration of the building.
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  • Beautiful old aquarium. It's a little on the small side, but entry cost reflects that. Good value
  • Though I must agree that this is a small aquarium, I don't believe it gets the credit it deserves. First of all, it's a historical building and costs only 5 Euro to enter. The interior and aquarius are impeccably clean and though there isn't an impressive variety of species, the circular shape makes it look like an infinite museum. My daughter went around the whole place about 5 or 6 times and felt like she was always discovering something new. This definitely isn't a place to go without kids (unless you study fish) or if you want to be impressed by an aquarium. Other than that, this place was definitely worth my time and money.
  • Good place to take small children. Not huge but interesting. Can, or could, be hired for children's parties.
  • I was here once before, they had different kinds of fishes.. it's like an old acquarium center..
  • Maybe a created a big expectation, but I was waiting more than one floor, 100m of corridor... well organized inside. Still worth the visit for someone that have never been to an aquarium in life.

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