You will not believe the size of the world’s largest aquariums! Some of these aquariums are easily larger than your house! We’ve already showed you some of the most amazing and unusual aquariums in our list of the 25 Most Extreme Aquariums In The World, but today, we are going to look at the largest public aquariums that have ever been built. From the iconic Georgia Aquarium to the gigantic Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, here are the 25 Largest Aquariums In The World.
The Deep Aquarium, Hull, UK
Opened in 2002, the Deep Aquarium is a public aquarium and marine research center located in Hull, England. The largest tank of the aquarium is filled with 2.5 million liters (660,000 gallons) of water and 87 tons of salt. The tank is home to some of the most incredible animals in the sea such as green sawfish, loggerhead sea turtles, several species of shark, ray, and other amazing sea creatures.
National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, UK
Opened in 1998 with aims of research, education, and conversation, the National Marine Aquarium is the largest and most visited public aquarium in the UK. The aquarium is divided into 4 zones that consist of many impressive exhibits, featuring marine animals from different environments. The largest tank of the aquarium holds 2.5 million liters (660,000 gallons) of water.
Aquarium of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
The Aquarium of Western Australia is a privately run aquarium dedicated to generating wonder and respect for the marine life of Western Australia. Located in the city of Perth, it hosts more than 40 exhibits including one of the world’s largest living coral reef exhibits. The volume of the largest tank is 3 million liters (793,000 gallons).
Monterrey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California
Located on Cannery Row in Monterey, California, the Monterrey Bay Aquarium contains two massive fish tanks and several smaller ones. The largest tank on its own contains 4.5 million liters (1.2 million gallons) of water as well as one of the largest single-paned windows on Earth. The Monterrey Bay Aquarium is one of just a few aquariums to successfully care for the rare ocean sunfish.
Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, Shanghai, China
The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium hosts more than 15,000 water creatures of over 300 different species including poison dart frogs, jellyfishes, moonfish, leafy sea dragons, emperor penguins etc. Boasting a total tank volume of 4.9 million liters (1.3 million gallons), it also has the world’s longest submarine viewing tunnel measuring 155 m (almost 510 ft) in length.
Aquarium Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Located in the Port Vell Harbor in Barcelona, Spain, the Aquarium Barcelona consists of several tanks that have a total volume of 5 million liters (1.3 million gallons). Oceanarium, the largest tank, is home to number of marine species including giltheads, moray eels, ocean sunfish, rays, and two types of shark: the sand tiger shark and the sandbar shark. The Oceanarium’s spectacular wildlife can be observed from a 80-m (262-ft) long underwater tunnel.
Lisbon Oceanarium, Lisbon, Portugal
Found in the capital city of Portugal, the Lisbon Oceanarium is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. Home to more than 15,000 water creatures from more than 450 different species, the Lisbon Oceanarium consists of several tanks, the largest of which contains 5 million liters (1.32 million gallons) of sea water.
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Toronto, Canada
Located in the heart of Toronto, the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada features several aquatic exhibits including a huge walk-through tank. Opened in 2013, the aquarium has 5.7 million liters (1.5 million gallons) of both marine and freshwater habitats from across the world. The exhibits hold 13,500 exotic sea and freshwater specimens from more than 450 different species.
Nordsoen Oceanarium, Hirtshals, Denmark
The Nordsoen Oceanarium is a public aquarium and museum located on the shores of the North Sea in the town of Hirtshals, Denmark. The aquarium consists of several fish tanks that have a total capacity of 6 million liters (1.6 million gallons) of water. The largest aquarium in Northern Europe, the Nordsoen Oceanarium provides habitat for 81 different species of animals that reside in the North Sea.
Aquarium of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
Located in the Old Harbor area in Genoa, Italy, the Aquarium of Genoa is the largest aquarium in the country. The exhibition gallery consists of over 70 exhibits and about 12,000 animals of 600 species from all the seas of the world including manatees, dolphins, penguins, sharks etc. The total volume of this aquarium’s tanks is 6 million liters (1.6 million gallons).
TurkuaZoo, Istanbul, Turkey
With a total tank volume of 7 million liters (1.8 million gallons), the TurkuaZoo is by far the largest aquarium in Turkey. The aquarium houses 25,000 sea creatures, including the tiger shark and several other shark species. Visitors can observe the abundant marine wildlife from the Marinescape SeaTube, one of the world’s longest underwater tunnels.
Burgers' Ocean, Arnhem, Netherlands
A part of the Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands, the Burgers’ Ocean is a 8 million-liter (2.1 million-gallon) seawater aquarium that is home to marine life naturally found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. A popular tourist attraction of Arnhem, the aquarium boasts the largest living coral reef kept in an aquarium outside of Australia.
National Aquarium, Baltimore, Maryland
The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the largest and most renowned aquariums in the US. Since its opening in 1981, it has hosted over 51 million guests, making it one of the most visited tourist attractions of the state. With a total tank volume of 8.3 million liters (2.2 million gallons) of water, it is home to 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats.
Dubai Aquarium, Dubai
Rising to the third floor of the giant shopping center the Dubai Mall, the Dubai Aquarium is a 10 million-liter (2.64 million-gallon) fish tank containing more than 33,000 aquatic animals and the largest collection of sand tiger sharks in the world. There are several ways to experience the underwater life in this aquarium, including a walk-through underwater tunnel.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa, Japan
Located within the Ocean Expo Park in Okinawa, Japan, the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium consists of 77 exhibition tanks that contain a total water volume of 10 million liters (2.64 million gallons). Once the largest aquarium in the world, it was also the first aquarium to succeed in raising and breeding manta alfredi, one of the largest species of ray.
Ambassador Lagoon, Dubai
A part of the luxurious Dubai hotel Atlantis: The Palm, the Ambassador Lagoon is a huge home to over 65,000 marine animals of over 250 different species. Containing 11 million liters (2.9 million gallons) of water, it is the largest aquarium in the Middle East. Guests of the hotel can not only observe the marine life through the glass walls, but they can also arrange snorkeling and diving lessons.
Atlantic Sea Park, Alesund, Norway
Located on the western coast of Norway in the town of Alesund, the Atlantic Sea Park is one of the largest aquariums in Europe. Through several installations, the park sheds light on aquatic wildlife from the inner fjords to the open sea. There are more than 20 aquariums showcasing different aquatic environments, life forms, and sea depths. The largest tank has a volume of 15 million liters (4 million gallons) of water.
uShaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa
The largest aquarium in Africa, the uShaka Marine World consist of 32 tanks that have a total volume 17.5 million liters (4.6 million gallons) of water. The sea creatures found in the aquarium range from small sea horses to sharks and dolphins. The aquarium is built to look like an old wreck, and it also features a number of restaurants and cafes.
Shed Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois
Opened in 1930, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, is the oldest aquarium on the list. The aquarium is home to 32,000 animals, and it was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with a total tank volume of 19 million liters (5 million gallons) of water. It was also the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection.
The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Bay Lake, Florida
A part of the Epcot theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, The Seas with Nemo & Friends was the world’s largest man-made underwater environment when it opened in 1986 (then named The Living Seas). Boasting a giant, 22 million-liter (5.7 million-gallon) tank, it still ranks among the largest public aquariums in the world.
Moscow Oceanarium, Moscow, Russia
Also known as the “Moskvarium,” the Moscow Oceanarium is a public aquarium located in the center of Moscow. With a total tank volume of 25 million liters (6.6 million gallons), it is by far the largest aquarium in Russia. Visitors can take a guided tour around the oceanarium, and they can also visit a store where they will find everything they need for their own home aquarium.
Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, Georgia
Located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, the Georgia Aquarium contains more than 38 million liters (10 million gallons) of water and is home to more animals than any other aquarium on Earth. It was the biggest aquarium in the world from its opening in 2005 until 2012; it remains the largest aquarium in the US.
Oceanografic, Valencia, Spain
With a total tank volume of 42 million liters (11 million gallons) of water, the Oceanographic oceanarium is by far the biggest aquarium in Europe and the third largest in the world. Home to more than 45,000 marine animals from over 500 different species, Oceanografic is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Valencia.
Marine Life Park, Singapore
A part of the Resorts World Sentosa situated in southern Singapore, the Marine Life Park has a total volume of 45 million liters (12 million gallons), providing habitat for more than 100,000 marine animals from over 800 species, including manta rays, goliath groupers, hammerhead sharks, and other gentle giants of the sea. It is currently the second largest aquarium in the world.
Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, Zhuhai, China
Boasting a total water volume of 48.8 million liters (12.9 million gallons), the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom is the biggest aquarium in Asia as well as in the world. Offering 7 different aquatic-themed areas, with each symbolizing a different part of the ocean, the park also holds a world record for the largest underwater viewing dome, the largest aquarium tank, the largest aquarium window, and the largest acrylic panel.
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