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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. For Acquario Civico and beyond, use our Milan trip itinerary maker to get the most from your Milan vacation.
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  • We ran into the Acquario civico by chance, while walking in the Parco Sempione. We had a quick look, but we saw nothing particularly special or extravagant, or anything that would make us recommend it...  more »
  • L Milan Aquarium is a very pretty place. Small number of tubs, but interesting the various species of fish to see. Nothing outstanding but for the price it's worth it. .. €5 ticket
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  • We have been to the Aquarium on a Sunday morning, as stated is not very big but it is really well maintained, to my 2 year old daughter loved it, I think we will be back, no crowds, the ticket cost is minimal and you can then take a walk in the Park.
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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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