Less known than the Oceanarium is Parque das Nações the Aquário Vasco da Gama dates from the turn of the 20th Century. The aquarium remains today a great insight into marine life and continues to be a major attraction in the Oeiras area.
Aquário Vasco da Gama display area
The Aquário Vasco da Gama first opened to the public in 1898 with the support from the newly crowned Carlos I. The date of opening coincided with the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the trade route to India by Vasco da Gama.
It's prime mission is to display to the public the wonders of the ocean and an appreciation aquatic life. From it's first inception the Aquário Vasco da Gama has had on display a diverse collection of objects related to oceanographic research. The collection contains an impressive 4000 specimens of marine fauna and flora from the world's aquatic ecosystems. The exhibition is spread over several rooms and categorised into invertebrates, tropical fauna, turtles, Portuguese marine fauna, sea lions; amongst others. One room is assigned to conservation, one to sharks whilst another is dedicated to King Carlos I and his personal collection.