Zoo & aquarium

Aquarium tropical

Palais de la Porte Dorée - 293 avenue Daumesnil - 75012 Paris

Gare de Lyon - Bercy - 12e Arrondissement


The Palais de la Porte Dorée is an incredible Art Deco building, classed as a historic monument. Situated on the outskirts of the Bois de Vincennes (12th arrondissement), it was built for theParis Colonial Exposition in 1931. Since its inception, it has been home to the Tropical Aquarium, which exhibits over 5,000 animals of over 300 species, from primitive fish to electric fish, from Asian waters to the faunas of Africa and South America, without forgetting the spectacluar crocodiles, sharks, or piranhas! A unique chance for all the family to discover aquatic biodiversity. Since 2007 the palace has also been home to the Museum of the History of Immigration. Since the start of 2014, the Aquarium has welcomed two young albino alligators. These are extremely rare specimens: genetic rarities since both parents must carry the genes necessary for albinism.


Viewpoint over the Bois de Vincennes

Architectural style

  • 1930
  • Art déco


  • Animaux
  • Aquarium
  • Architecture
  • Auditorium
  • Salles de réception


The Palace of the Golden Gate has renovated its surroundings. The artist-botanist Liliana Motta wanted to rehabilitate plants from other continents, accused of being "invasive", by highlighting their ornamental, medicinal, and nutritional qualities: brush, clematis, pepper trees and rare plants to discover in this new garden.

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Services and facilities of the establishment

  • Educational activities
  • Cloakroom

Combined tickets

Combined ticket (aquarium + national museum of the history of immigration): €12.

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

Combined ticket (aquarium + national museum of the history of immigration): €12; reduced price €9;
Aquarium : €8; reduced price €5;
Annual pass Palais : Twinned annual card €30 (solo) and €45 (duo)
Annual pass Museum: Museum annual card €20 (solo) and €35 (duo)
Annual pass Aquarium : Aquarium annual card €20 (solo) and €35 (duo)

Group tour



Under 25 years old
Job seekers, journalist, tour guides ... Full list on: https://www.aquarium-tropical.fr/

Free for young people and children

Under 26 years old

Methods of payment

  • CB/Visa
  • Eurocard/Mastercard
  • Amex
  • Chèque Vacances

Closing times


Opening times

Tuesday to Friday: 10am-5:30pm. Saturday and Sunday: 10am-7pm

Exceptional opening

  • Easter
  • Ascension Day
  • 8 May
  • Whitsuntide
  • 14 July
  • 15 August
  • 1 November
  • 11 November

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Aquarium tropical

Palais de la Porte Dorée - 293 avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris

  • Subway - Porte Dorée
  • Tram - Porte Dorée
  • Bus - 46

Offer adapted to disabled visitors

  • Physical Physical

Accessibility information

- Physical disability: car park with reserved adapted space(s), level or ramped entryway, cashdzesk with dropped section, shared bathroom fitted with transfer bar and accessible sink, stairs with alternative means (lift, ramp), accessible dining room. The lower part of the aquarium is not accessible for wheelchair users.
- Visual impairment: Lift with accessible buttons (raised and/or Braille), information in large print, signs at a reasonable height.
- Intellectual disability: easy-to-understand signage, use of pictograms, monitored entryway, visible from reception desk.

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Zoo & aquarium in the same district: Gare de Lyon - Bercy

Zoo & aquarium in the same arrondissement: 12th arrondissement

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