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Marine Aquarium

If you are interested in learning about the marine species that live in the waters of the Gulf of Trieste, the Marine Aquarium is the right place.
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Thirty small tanks hold fish and crustaceans typical of the Adriatic, while a large octagonal tank holds larger fish including rays and small sharks.

In the past, the aquarium was famous for a particular resident, a penguin named Marco. Picked up by a motor vessel owned by Lloyd Triestino in South Africa in 1953, the penguin was brought to the aquarium. For 31 long years, he was adored and petted by all, becoming the city's mascot. Customers going to the adjacent fish market could see him happily pattering in front of the aquarium, ready to be petted and fed small fish by children and posing for photos with tourists.
On the upper floor, a somewhat unusual feature in an aquarium, there is a vivarium. The various terrariums hold reptiles and amphibians typical of the fauna in Friuli Venezia Giulia and the surrounding regions, including vipers, toads and green frogs. The biggest attraction, however, is undoubtedly the large reptile terrarium, where visitors can see boas, pythons (one measuring 4 metres) and iguanas in all of their splendour.

Interesting fact
The water in the fish tanks is taken directly from the sea at the base of the pier and pumped into the clock tower at a height of approximately 10 metres. It is held there in a large settling tank and then transferred by gravity into the tanks on the ground floor. This enables the system to continually change the water while leaving the plankton content intact.
Museum closure
The Marine Aquarium, the Morpurgo Museum and the Museum of Homeland History, the Museum of the Civilization of Istria, Fiume and Dalmatia will not be open during the summer, as they are affected by imminent redevelopment works
Green Pass from 6 August 2021
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In compliance with the provisions of current regulations, from 6 August 2021 it will be possible to access museums, other institutes and places of culture and exhibitions, shows open to the public, sporting events and competitions, cinemas and theaters, only if you are in possession of a Covid-19 green certification (green pass) which certifies that you have had at least one dose of vaccine or have tested negative. to a molecular or rapid swab in the last 48 hours or to be cured of COVID-19 in the previous six months.


Children under the age of 12 are excluded from the obligation of the Green Pass, and those exempt on the basis of showing suitable medical certification.

The check is carried out by personnel assigned to control services of entertainment and show activities in places open to the public or in public establishments registered in the list referred to in Article 3, paragraph 8, of Law no. 94., through a smartphone set up with the "VerificationC19" app for reading the QR code. The operator is also entitled to ask for an identity document.
Aquario Marino (Marine Aquarium)
molo Pescheria, 2
riva Nazario Sauro, 1
tel. +39 040 30 62 01
fax +39 040 322 05 20
acquario@comune.trieste.it

admission fee
opening hours and admission price on the museum website


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