Paris Aquarium Tropical underwent a makeover and reopens

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Published by My B., Elodie D. · Photos by My B. · Published on 31 May 2021 at 12h11 · Updated on 31 May 2021 at 12h40
Paris Aquarium Tropical, the one within Palais de la Porte Dorée, reopens from June 1, 2021, after a year of renovations. Created in 1931 for the Colonial Fair to present the aquatic fauna from the French colonies, the aquarium has been thought over since then. It currently houses 750 species of small fishes and welcomes new lodgers, more fitted to space.

Run to Palais de la Porte Dorée basement, a stone’s throw from Parc Zoologique, to discover Aquarium Tropical. This aquarium is small and very adapted to children. You can discover not sharks but turtles, clownfishes, and clams, and even albinos alligators. Better sound-proofing, better access for disabled people and interactivity are to be enjoyed.

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Aquarium Tropical has had to get rid of the Mississippi alligators (green alligators), which are transfered to the Antwerp zoo. A decision "leaving more space to our two albinos alligators who are growing and needing space", the Aquarium manager, Dominique Duché, said.

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All in all, 500 fishes definitively left for other aquariums. "We house a few new species fitted to the ecosystems of the different pools and limited growth", Duché explains. He goes on: "We are not looking for rare animals, but those who will match the best to our pedagogical messages".

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Renovations have been carried out in 2020 to replace air handlers and improve the built-in system to control humidity better. And for children, an interactive and immersive wall will recreate cetaceans' movements virtually. They will therefore be abble to play with fishes without disturbing them.

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In 2018 already, the aquarium rethought the entire tour for children: booster seats for children, 6 interactive stations filled with extra info, as well as new plates - these small boards presenting animals. They show the species' repartition map, their protection status (protected species, species endangered...), and most of all, fun facts to keep children interested.

Besides Aquarium Tropical, the Palais de la Porte Dorée houses the Musée National de l'Immigration - a major witness of the History of France after being a building praising colonization. There is also a tropical aquarium that was created in 1931 in the only building of the Colonial Fair expected to stay to show people the colonies' aquatic fauna. Starting from June 1, 2007, the Cité Nationale de l'Histoire de l'Immigration opens in Paris at the Palais de la Porte Dorée. The Cité will be a national museum and temporary exhibitions covering over 3,000sqm; a central forum dedicated to encounters and exceptional events; a library; workshops for children, adults, and schools; a 200-seat auditorium for shows, movies, debates. 

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Dates and Opening Time
Starts 1 June 2021

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    Location

    293 Avenue Daumesnil
    75012 Paris 12

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    tarif réduit: €5.5
    plein tarif : €7

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    For all

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    www.aquarium-tropical.fr

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