Publié le March 1, 2019

NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre,

Boulogne-sur-Mer / France 

2018: a record breaking year 




With the opening of a spectacular new extension, 2018 was a year that broke all records for NAUSICAA! The second-biggest tourist attraction north of Paris, which is less than two and a half hours away from London and Kent, the National Sea Centre is a real driver of economic development and works to raise public awareness of the importance of better management of the oceans and the resources they harbour.

In 2018, this centre for the discovery of the marine environment, which is the only one of its kind, received a record-breaking number of visitors with over 874,000 people coming to see the spectacularly-sized big tank, representing a 60% increase in visitor numbers.

9 August 2018 was the busiest day with 11,967 visitors. The investment paid off!

ABOUT NAUSICAA – NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France), is much more than just an aquarium. NAUSICAA is a unique Centre for the discovery of the marine environment which is fun, educational and scientific all at the same time, and focuses primarily on the relationship between Mankind and the Sea.

In 28 years, NAUSICAA has welcomed over 17 million visitors and established itself as a major player in efforts to raise awareness of the marine environment. The Centre’s main goal is to educate and inform the public about the importance of better management of the oceans and the resources in them and encourage everyone to take action.

NAUSICAA is a UNESCO “Centre of Excellence” for its awareness-raising work. In May 2018, NAUSICAA opened a major extension dedicated to the High Seas and become the biggest aquarium in Europe. Sharks, manta rays and shoals of other fish inhabit this new area. / @PlaneteNAUSICAA



 More than 874,000 visitors in 2018

Up by 60% compared with 2017

17 million visitors since the opening in 1991



2018 – Highly Commended by the British Guild of Travel Writers (at the annual Tourism Awards)

96 % positive reviews on Trip Advisor

Accredited UNESCO Centre of Excellence


Note for editors

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NAUSICAA Press Department – / 0033 3 21 30 99 99


> How to get to NAUSICAA:

From the UK (approx. 2 hours)

By car, crossing from Dover to Calais by ferry or Folkestone to Calais by Eurotunnel.

Take A16 Motorway towards Boulogne-sur-Mer and exit at Junction 32 (Toll Free).

By Eurostar, from London St Pancras to Calais Fréthun, then Boulogne-sur-Mer.


From Scotland and Ireland (approx. 4 hours)

Flights to London, Paris or Brussels. Then travel by train or car to Boulogne-sur-Mer.