Useful updated guide about Milan civic Museums – Milan Civic Aquarium

Milan Civic Aquarium

Even Milan, like many cities, has its own aquarium. Built in 1906, as part of the International Exhibition of the city, the Milan Civic Aquarium is the only pavilion built in Parco Sempione to remain at the end of the exhibition. It is the third oldest aquarium in Europe.

The Milan Civic Aquarium is located between the Civic Arena and the Sforza Castle of Milan. Thanks to MilanoCard, the Milan City Pass, you can visit all the civic museums of Milan at a discounted price! Among the civic museums, there are the Milan Civic Aquarium and the Sforza Castle. Click here and find out how!


The history of the Milan Civic Aquarium starts from 1906, when the International Exposition took place to celebrate the opening of the Sempione tunnel. The building was designed in Art Nouveau style by the architect Sebastiano Locati and was inaugurated on 28 April 1906. In 1908, next to the building, the Biology and Applied Biohydrology Station was built.

In 1943, he was hit by the bombings and severely compromised. Restoration work began in 1952, leading, in 1963, to the reopening of the Milan Civic Aquarium under the direction of Menico Torchio.


The ground floor has classrooms for activities with schools and halls that host temporary exhibitions. In the atrium, a wide staircase allows access to the basement where there are the bar and the library. The route tells the story of water since atmospheric precipitations flow into a mountain stream until you get to the sea, through the main environments that are formed. The reconstructed environments are Italian and Mediterranean, with the exception of an out-of-the-way basin that re-proposes the Red Sea cliff. In addition to the tanks, in the various rooms are presented films, themed exhibitions and interactive paths on different topics.

The Milan Civic Aquarium is home to over one hundred species of fish, molluscs and echinoderms from the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and our fresh waters.

To reach the Civic Aquarium you can use the public transport of Milan. You can take the green metro of Milan and get off at the Lanza stop, or the Milan tram number 2, 4, 12 or 14 and get off at the Arena stop, or the Milan bus number 57 and get off right in front of the Civic Aquarium Milan. Thanks to MilanoCard, the Milan City Pass, get free public transport in Milan. Click here and find out how it works!

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