The seat of the Civic Aquarium of Milano is an art nouveau-style building close to Parco Sempione’s enclosure, next to Arena Civica Gianni Brera. It was established on the occasion of Milan World’s fair in 1906 and it is one of the oldest aquariums of the world. The structure we see nowadays was mostly rebuilt after World War II by Sebastiano Giuseppe Locati; its façades have majolica decorations representing aquatic subjects. Both the statues depicting Neptune and a hippopotamus head are worth seeing.
After the works in 2003, the aquarium was enlarged and it consists of ten fish-tanks representing sea and river habitats. The visitors can take a close look at more than 73 aquatic species, such as sturgeons, tropical fish, octopuses and jellyfish. In the Aquarium there’s also a video archive specialized in marine biology and a section devoted to fishing.