Review: Largest Aquarium in Europe

THUMBTwo weeks ago I had the chance to visit the recently opened Moskvarium which is the largest aquarium in Europe. My expectation were high since I already visited the world’s biggest aquarium in Atlanta (USA). So how was the experience in Moscow? Is it worth visiting? What are the pros and cons?

1. Exhibition [usr 3 size=20]

The exhibition consists of 80 aquariums with 500 species of fishes, killer wales, sharks and dolphins. The whole tour is not very long, after an hour max you will get bored. The exhibition is separated into different parts i.e. reptiles, reefroom, stingrays, killer whales and dolphins.

Lizard at Moskvarium

Lizard at Moskvarium

You will find a description of every species right next to the aquarium (also in English). While walking through the tour you will pass on some restaurants (in case you want to eat while watching fishes).

One of the food courts

One of the food courts

The main attractions are of course white whales, sharks, dolphins and orcas. I was quite disappointed about the presentation of their main attractions. You can see the white whales and dolphins only for a second or two since the window does not show the entire aquarium but only a part of it. You can see the orcas very well although they have a very small aquarium in my opinion.

The heart of the exhibition

The heart of the exhibition

Killer Whales

Killer Whales


If you look for a great white shark, you will be disappointed, they only have some babies and a fat one.

2. Guest interaction [usr 2 size=20]

I have been there on a Tuesday evening and I haven’t seen much of interaction. The shows with orcas and dolphins are all scheduled for the weekend, so during the week there is not much to do. Like everywhere they offer this foto-service. It’s quite funny (sarcasm) that you will see signs that tell you not to use flash while taking pictures. Right next to it there is a photograph that will shoot a foto (which you can purchase) of you (with flash) right in front of the aquarium. So what’s the point of the sign ?

Here is a short clip from the (real) orca show at Moskvarium. See yourself if its worth the visit.

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3. Price [usr 3 size=20]

Working days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Adult ticket 600 Rub
  • Child ticket 400 Rub

Working days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) from 4 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Adult ticket 800 Rub
  • Child ticket 500 Rub

Weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Adult ticket – 1000 rub.
Child ticket (height below 120 cm) – 600 rub.
Family ticket (2 adults + 1 child younger than 12 years old) – 2500 rub
Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children younger than 12 years old) – 3200 rub

Currently 1 EUR is around 70 rub (1.11.2015)

4. Facilities [usr 5 size=20]

Right at the entrance you can leave your jacket at the wardrobe (free) and purchase your ticket. As you could see the prices vary from day to day and hour to hour. The tour takes place at the basement while the show at the 3rd floor. 2nd floor is full of restaurants in case you are hungry (again). So basically you can eat all the time. What I have to point out is that there are facilities for parents with children as well as people with disabilities. There are lifts for those in need and also a children corner right next to the stingrays.


Stingrays and the entrance to the “Reefroom”

5. Animal welfare [usr 1 size=20]

This is getting more and more important since the selfish humans destroy the nature which is home for thousands of species. After this visit I told myself to never again visit an aquarium. I think that the size of the aquariums are not adequate and I dont want to support this « business » anymore. I would rather see these animals in their nature where they belong to. That visit wouldn’t of course cost 15 EUR but I believe the experience would also be different.

I think kids might enjoy the visit, although I wish they would understand under what circumstances animals live in facilities like this one. I also got the feeling that they really push you to spend more money rather than have a good experience (foot courts at every corner, photo-service, gift-shop).

Final rating:
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Have you been in such aquarium yet? How was your experience?

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