The aquarium itself is settled in an old fort which was built in 1886, Fort Verudela, as part of the once mighty Austro - Hungarian defense complex ‘Fortress Pula’, where the centennial military history of Pula is combined in a unique way with the richness of the Adriatic. Fort Verudela, named after the peninsula where it was built (3 km from the center of Pula), has been in a process of conversion into an aquarium since 2002 and is now home to some 200 animal species. Sharks, jellyfish and seahorses are the most sought after inhabitants, with the Marine turtle rescue center, the biggest contribution to marine conservation, as something not to be missed.
The fort's roof, besides offering a magnificent view of Pula and the sea, from 2017 displays a massive steel dome placed over the old artillery block. The dome represents the final stage of our project where we reconstructed the central part of the fort and added 3 new tanks (50 000 liters each), greatly expanding our display.
Northern Adriatic exhibit
Cold freshwater habitats, Red eared slider sanctuary, summer terrace and a playground
'Evolution' exhibit with living fossils and reptiles
Marine turtle rescue centre
Tropical marine exhibit
Tropical freshwater exhibit
Exhibits: 'Nursery' and 'Plankton'
Central tanks (three tanks of 50 m3) – Norhern Adriatic, Tropical marine and Tropical freshwater exhibit expansion
Opening hours 2023:
02.01. - 31.03.: 09:00 - 16:00, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 09:00 - 17:00
01.04. - 30.04.: 09:00 - 18:00
01.05. - 31.05.: 09:00 - 20:00
01.06. - 30.06.: 09:00 - 21:00
01.07. - 31.08.: 09:00 - 22:00
01.09. - 15.09.: 09:00 - 21:00
16.09. - 31.10.: 09:00 - 18:00
01.11. - 31.12.: 09:00 - 16:00, on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 09:00 - 17:00
» Note: last admission is one hour before closure