The Ocean Discovery Park


Océanopolis makes the scientific story of the natural history of the oceans accessible to the general public.


Through three pavilions dedicated the polar, tropical and temperate marine ecosystems, Océanopolis immerses visitors in an underwater universe to discover the flora and fauna of oceans around the world. A fourth pavilion houses the main temporary exhibition on marine biodiversity.
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The ocean discovery park goes further still, purposely combining a scientific approach with spectacular presentation of life in the oceans. This original approach, the ambition and the scale of the site, and the innovative way in which the themes are addressed are at the heart of Océanopolis' notoriety.  

Environmental seminars and events

A real asset for tourism in western Brittany, Océanopolis has welcomed nearly 5 million visitors since its extension in 2000, and more than 8 million since its initial opening in 1990 

A perfect opportunity for French oceanographic research to display its most recent findings, Océanopolis is constantly evolving in partnership with great scientific institutions and maritime professionals. As home to 60% of French oceanographic researchers and engineers, Brest is the European capital of oceanography.
In total, Océanopolis is: of 9 000 m² of visiting areas, 76 aquariums (3.7 million litres of seawater) accommodating for more than a thousand animal species (10 000 individuals), exhibits, videos, shows, a complete educational program for children for all school ages... as well as restaurants and shops, for a day full of discovery and emotion. 


Océanopolis is a public attraction which belongs to the town of Brest and is managed by Brest'aim, a public-private company. 

Key facts and figures

3 pavilions
76 aquariums
1 000 species
10 000 animals
4 million litres of seawater
A temporary exhibition pavilion
9 000 m² total exhibition space