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Nausicaá, Boulogne-sur-Mer

In May 2018, Nausicaá became the biggest aquarium in Europe with the opening of a gigantic extension.

Enjoy an unforgettable experience at the biggest aquarium in Europe that reproduces the island of Malpelo off the Coast of Colombia. Admire the Ocean Show in front of the bay window and discover the breathtaking species such as grey reef sharks, the impressive Manta ray, ocean sunfish, schools of fish and many others!

Discover all the beauty and immensity of the Ocean and how much its preservation is essential for the future of humanity…

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!

This new exhibition is open every day starting from 9.30am to 6.30pm for an extra charge of €3.90.

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 biggest new attractions

The Great Spectacle of the Ocean

The great spectacle of the Ocean

Discover the immense window and be immersed in the deep blue sea at the heart of the new exhibition. 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 : €26.50
  • Children (age 3 to 12 inclusive) : €19.95
  • 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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