Esplanada D. Carlos I – Doca dos Olivais

1990-005 Lisboa
Phone: +351 21 891 7002 / 06
Fax: +351 21 895 5762

Oceanário De Lisboa

From both an architectural and engineering perspective, as from the biological and exhibits point of view, this project stems from two principal themes. These two concepts interlace beautifully as science and human values come together and emphasize the importance of the delicate balance between man and nature: “One Ocean

Opening hours

Visiting hours:
April through October: 10.00 - 19.00 h
November through March: 10.00 - 18.00 h

The Oceanário is open from 13.00 to 18.00 h on December 25 and from 12.00 to 18.00 h on New Year's day.

Book your tickets ahead:
Phones: +351 21 891 70 02 / 06.
Fax: +351 21 895 57 62.

Getting there

The Oceanário de Lisboa is located in Parque das Nações, at the south end of Doca dos Olivais.
This area is conveniently served by multiple means of public transportation:
- Taxis, subway, bus routes and trains are available from “Oriente

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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Through the following themes students learn fun things about a brave new living world and become enthused about it.

Let's learn about:

* The differences between fish, birds and mammals;

* The shape, colour and texture of animals;

* Space and movement underwater.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work (!):

* Students will do fun activities about reproduction and feeding of sea creatures. These include painting, cutting and gluing.

Let’s keep our voices down:

* Students learn songs and sounds from the bottom of the Ocean.

Like father, like son

In this class the little ones will learn how some sea creatures are born and how mum & dad look after their young. Sounds, colours and shapes of animals are explored while greater awareness towards conservation of the Oceans is raised.

Scales, spikes and shells

In this class shapes, textures and colours of many different animals commonly found on a beach are explored. Young students learn how to find interesting and fun things on the beach and how they can assist in protecting this fragile environment.
In these sessions students are encouraged to learn about life in the Oceans.

Let’s hear about:

* Differences between animals with bones and no bones;

* Function morphology;

* Marine habitats and their dazzling colour, light and motion;

* What do sea creatures feed on;

* Are all animals friendly to one another?

* What must animals do to survive;

* How can we protect the Oceans and its environment.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work:

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Every school year the Oceanário de Lisboa puts together an Education program covering all grades, from pre-school to high school. The objective is to promote awareness on marine related issues, with a strong focus on conservation. During 1.30 hour students are faced with multiple activities and the enthusiasm of staff dedicated to teaching new and fun things about the Oceans!

During these classes (i.e. Ateliers from the Oceans) multimedia presentations and many fun games will help students become immersed with the theme of their teacher’s choice. Once the class is over, students are guided through the Oceanário’s habitats and will be able to tour the focus tanks on the underwater level at their leisure. The manuals used in class are free for teachers and students to take home with them.


Sleeping with the Sharks
This nocturnal workshop promotes conservation and greater awareness on marine creatures, particularly on the magnificent and misunderstood sharks and rays. What better way to get to know them better than spending a night tucked away in sleeping bags, merely inches away from one of the Global Ocean’s massive acrylic panels?
Young explorers will compare different shapes and sizes of many sharks and rays and will build a life-size scale which they can show later to their friends and relatives.

They will be taught the importance of each and every one of us feeling empowered to promote conservation of these wonderful animals. All this will be done in a fun an educational way. This program is our top seller! Book far in advance!


- As a courtesy to other visitors, please turn off your mobile phone;
- Flash photography can hurt some animals, like Sea-dragons or octopuses, so please turn your flash off;
- For the health and safety of our guests and animals, smoking is not allowed;
- No food or beverages;
- Do not touch the animals or plants;
- No ballons, skateboards, bycicles, rollerblades or any object that might disrupt the atmosphere of tranquility in the exhibits;
- Large volumes may be stored free of charge in our cloak room;
- Wheelchairs are available free for use during an aquarium visit;
- The aquarium is fully accessible to the disabled, complying with all European guidelines. Ramps and elevators are spread through the building;
- Rest rooms are spread throughout the building.