Aquario Vasco da Gama, Lisbon

3.9
#3 of 19 in Zoos & Aquariums in Portugal
Built to commemorate the discovery of the sea route to India by Vasco de Gama, Aquario Vasco da Gama presents tanks with 4,000 animals from over 200 species and an oceanographic museum. See different marine and freshwater ecosystems of the world in tanks ranging from 100 l (26 gal) vessels with tiny fish to 25,000 l (6,600 gal) pools filled with sharks, rays, and huge, oddly shaped creatures. There's even a 45,000 l (12,000 gal) tank that hosts African seals. Observe preserved specimens of tropical life and invertebrate species arranged in order of complexity. Among the 90 tanks, you'll also see Loggerhead sea turtles and a range of different amphibians. To visit Aquario Vasco da Gama on your trip to Lisbon, use our Lisbon attractions planner.
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  • Forget the aquarium at Oriente, just go for the charming old school version in Algés. The children we saw were very enthusiastic. Nothing modern about this place but it still has a certain appeal to i...  more »
  • Worth going there, especially if you love animals. This Aquarium will definitely like for children. It runs through in about an hour.
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  • We thought this was the oceanarium - however, once we went inside, the photos were captioned with portugese and the small building looked old. The indoor "pools" were empty and there were not a variet...  more »
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  • Quiet location but not always with places available.
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