During one of my most recent trips to Milan, I decided to go for a couple of museums driven by the city. One of them is the Civic Aquarium or Acquario Civico Milano, how it is named in Italian. Even though the place is very likely more beautiful in summer, I feel it is worth sharing with you.
Civic Aquarium Milan – Location & Admission
Civic Aquarium Milan is located at the East edge of Parco Sempione, which also hosts other key Milan attractions like the Arena Civica / Palazzina Appiani or the amazing Castello Sforzesco. Milan Cathedral is in walking distance (some 15 minutes). If you want to use public transport, the two most straightforward options are the metro stops Lanza and Moscova, both served by line 2 / green line. In addition, trams 2,4, 12 and 14 connecct to Arena.
The museum is opening Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:30 hrs. Adult admission is 9 Euro. You may, however, buy a ticket, which allows to you to visit all city museums. The Tourist Museum Card is valid for three days and costs 12 Euro.
Civic Aquarium Milan – The Visit
You take an almost oval shaped round trip through the aquariums, with habitats typically being on both sides. Most of the documentation is bilingual, Italian and English. The aquarium is rather small, but they have some nice displays and even a very small tunnel-alike area to walk underneath. Apart from aquariums which are blocked by groups, the atmosphere during our visit on a Friday morning was absolutely relaxed.
During our visit, there was also a temporary exhibition, which translated to The Aquarium and the Water Lilies. From Nature to Monet’s art. This one has really been interesting and featured a lot of explanations and some exhibits, but also a very catching light installation in a separate room.
Rather at the middle of your visit, you typically step out of the building to the outdoor aquariums. We did not meet too many animals, apart from a few ducks, as they were preparing the basins for winter during our visit. I am sure this is a great place in summer.
Civic Aquarium Milan – Services
The aquarium typically offers a coat check and a small gift shop, which were closed during our visit due to local Covid-19 regulations. The staff was absolutely friendly, most of them spoke really good English.
Civic Aquarium Milan – My View
Nine Euro is likely too high for this place. It is a nice, but small aquarium. A visit will (at least in winter) not take longer than 45 minutes. Nonetheless, we enjoyed it. With all the great attractions around, it is a nice stop while exploring the North Italian city.