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Nausicaá, Boulogne-sur-Mer

Dive into the biggest aquarium in Europe - Grand Large and discover the new augmented reality experience.

New experience 2022

Giant of the high seas, a new augmented reality experience at Nausicaa

Unique in the world! Enjoy an unforgettable experience with your friends and family at the biggest aquarium in Europe.


Discover the high seas and meet the majestic animals that inhabit it, thanks to an augmented reality system that is unique in the world in one of Nausicaá’s most fascinating spaces:  The Great Bay, with its 100 sq.m window! 

Wearing a set of Microsoft HoloLens 2 smart glasses that augment your vision thanks to animal holograms with unrivalled definition, live an immersive, sensorial and spectacular experience in the heart of Nausicaá. The leatherback turtle will accompany you all along your journey bringing you into contact with breathtaking species such as the whale shark, giant jellyfish, not to mention Bryde’s whale. Emotions guaranteed for out-of-the-ordinary encounters.

What are the High Seas? Who lives 11,000 metres under the sea? What is the water column?

Nausicaá tells you more about what is hidden away under the surface of the ocean and invites you to discover life on the open sea inspired by the biodiversity and environment around Malpelo Island in its “Journey on the High Seas” exhibition.

A project co-produced by Nausicaá and SAOLA Studio in a media partnership with La Voix du Nord, France Bleu Nord, Le Parisien and Science et vie TV.

Fun for all the family

New! In the Eye of the Climate Exhibition

The first immersive experience in the heart of the climate whirlwind at Nausicaá.

In the Eye of the Climate: hurricanes, melting ice caps, rising sea levels…

Get ready for a spectacular journey into the heart of the effects of global warming in a completely new experience at Nausicaá. Face the consequences of global warming in a 430m2 immersive space of floor-to-ceiling screens.

Plunge into a unique immersive experience and discover your power to act!

Sea lion training

Sea lion training

Visitors have entered a world of marine parks and big open spaces. They discover the sea lions while inside a glass tunnel suspended in a million litres of water. At Nausicaá, every activity is designed to improve the daily lives of its resident animals. Nausicaá is at the cutting edge of medical training and has received several awards for its work.

Lagoon fish feeding

Lagoon Fish Feeding

At the lagoon, join the feeding of the aquarium’s coral reef fish. The handlers will present you different species such as angelfish, surgeonfish, coalfish or batfish. They will explain some of their specificities including their diet. Come and see a ballet of 3,000 dancers!

The Touch Tank

The touch Tank

The Touch Tank gives you the chance to get hands-on with some marine fauna. Ray, cod, turbot, and halibut gather in the pool, where they let you stroke them or swim to your hands for a caress!

The Great Spectacle of the Ocean

The great spectacle of the Ocean

Discover the immense window and be immersed in the deep blue sea. You are face to face with Pacific ocean species such as the sunfish, the manta ray and the grey shark. The collection of fauna seen through the immense window reproduces the seabed that man rarely gets to see up close.

Under the Ocean

Fully immerse yourself in the 18-metre long tunnel

Cross the big tank in the 18-metre-long tunnel to get face to face with the species living in the Ocean. Take the immersive tunnel to Malpelo Island and wander around amongst the sea creatures. Stroll around among manta rays in the calm, soothing atmosphere…and duck when a grey shark skims over your head. A unique experience amongst the Ocean’s marvels.

Did you know?

  • 58,000 animals
  • 1,600 different species
  • 17,000m3: the total volume of water at Nausicaá
  • 10,000m3: the volume of water in the biggest tank of Europe
  • 6 weeks to completely fill the big tank
  • 2,000 births a year

Top tips!

Make more of your visit! Have you always dreamed of finding out what goes on behind the scenes? You can now enjoy a Backstage tour.

  • Newly designed food service area in an exceptional setting
  • Nausicaa has new mobile app: it will guide you through your visit and provide you with useful information


  • Adults:

    • High season (July and August)  : €30.00

    • Low season (except July and August) : €28.50

  • Children (age 3 to 12 inclusive):

    • High season (July and August)  : €23.00

    • Low season (except July and August) : €21.50

  • Free for children under age 3

See our exclusive offers here.

Opening hours:

Open daily: 9:30am to 6:30pm
During French school holidays: 9:30pm to 7pm
During summer break (July and August): 9:30am to 8pm
Visit duration: about 4 hours (recommended)
Possibility to have lunch outside the site, at a downtown restaurant (with a stamp).

Nausicaá National Sealife Centre

An unforgettable deep sea adventure... Less than a 20-minute drive on the motorway from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal.

Nausicaá - Centre National de la Mer
Boulevard Sainte Beuve
62200 Boulogne-sur-Mer

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