Here you will take a tour of the world of freshwater and saltwater.
Following the example of many others, the Aquarium du Grand Lyon is not, as many still were just a few years ago, just a large tank in which a few beautiful, very colourful and very exotic fish are exhibited.
It is actually a great learning centre.
Of the 5,000m² which make up the building, half are entirely devoted to the public, who have the opportunity of discovering the underwater world following a long path between rivers and oceans with the central theme of 'L'Homme proche de l'eau' (Man Close to Water).
This underwater walk starts in the temperate freshwater room (where the fish of the northern hemisphere are exhibited: pike, brown bullhead, sturgeon, etc.) followed by a discovery of the fish of the southern hemisphere (cichlids, piranhas, etc.) in the tropical freshwater room. Next, it's off to the saltwater rooms with their tropical fish (superb lionfish, grouper and scorpion fish) before arriving at the sharks, which wreathe around a shipwreck and which are visible from two levels in a 500,000 litre tank.
The circuit finishes in the five senses room, where your sense of touch is awakened. Visitors are invited to touch the gobies, anemones, molluscs and echinoderms, as well as to experience a tropical storm in the "rainforest" for ten minutes.
This room is a good summary of the overall aim of this aquarium: to make the public aware of the importance of preserving fauna and the species dependant on it.
The Aquarium of Grand Lyon
7 rue Stéphane Déchaut, 69350 La Mulatière, Sud-Extérieur de Lyon
Tel.: +33 (0)4 72 66 65 66
(The site is entirely accessible for those with reduced mobility).
Monday to Friday: 10:00am to 6:00pm. Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am to 7:00pm.
Children (4 to 15 years): £6.
Discover all sorts of sharks, such as the blacktip reef shark, the whitetip reef shark, the leopard shark and the zebra shark.