Our opening times

The French national sea centre is open from 9.30am to 6.30 pm every day

Consult our recommendations and services to help you organise your day here

Opening time information

Every day
9.30am to 6.30pm
25 december
exceptional closure
1st January 2024
2 to 6.30pm
Annual closing
from 8th to 26th January 2024


Tickets for the current day are on sale at the ticket office until 1 1/2 hours before the Centre closes.

Visiting time recommendations

During busy periods (weekends, long weekends and school holidays) we recommend that you plan your arrival for the centre's opening time, or from 3pm onwards. Short of time? Make the most of the Second-Day Offer for €5, valid for the day after your visit.


Nausicaá is ideally located in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, in the Pas-de-Calais département (62), close to England, Belgium and just 2 1/2 hours from Paris, London and Brussels.

Boulevard Sainte-Beuve
62 200 Boulogne-sur-mer

GPS coordinates

50° 43′ 50 » N
1° 35′ 40 » E

Just 2 1/2 hours from Paris, London and Brussels via the A16 motorway.

  •  Arrive at Boulogne-sur-mer
  • Take exit 29 (Boulogne-Port) or exit 32 (Boulogne-Nord – Nausicaá)
  • Then follow the signs to the Aquarium

List of car parks available in Boulogne sur mer: click here

Q-Park + Nausicaá offer 

Benefit from a special rate at the Nausicaá Q-Park car park thanks to your Nausicaá ticket! 

Short stay (6hrs): from €5.20 

Day (12hrs): from €8.40 


A family experience.

Nausicaá does all it can to ensure you share a unique family moment.

In the framework of the anti-terrorism plan, checks are carried out at the entrance to the centre, so please make sure you do not have any dangerous objects on you (knife, aerosol…) to ensure smooth access to the exhibitions.

Pushchairs and baby carriers

To facilitate your tour with infants, Nausicaá can lend you baby carriers if your pushchair is too big to pass through the exhibition spaces.

Compact pushchairs are also available to rent for €3.95.


Nausicaá proposes a range of services to facilitate their visit for people with a disability or who have specific needs .

By taking the lifts it is possible to access nearly all of the "Journey on the High Seas" and "Mankind and Shores" exhibitions.

There are toilets suitable for people with disabilities all along the tour.

Practical !

Nausicaá is at your disposal

Bars and little restaurants

Our crew welcomes you at the Calypso Self cafeteria accessible from the Nausicaá Lobby, and at the Bistrot Côté Plage accessible from the "Mankind and Shores" exhibition.

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We answer your questions

Buy your tickets online

Buying your ticket online guarantees you access to the Centre during peak periods.

Visit Nausicaá in the morning

During peak periods (weekends, bank holidays and school holidays), we advise you to arrive as soon as the Centre opens, or from 3pm. Short on time? Take advantage of the €5 2nd day offer, valid the day after your visit.

Check the weather forecast: choose days with good weather!

Visitor numbers are generally lower on sunny days, so make the most of them to get the most out of your visit!

If you buy your Nausicaá ticket on-line, you'll be able to go straight to the entrance gates once you have passed the security gate.

At present we note that on average people take 4 1/2 hours to go round Nausicaá. You can visit Nausicaá in any order you like, you're free to wander around and stop off for as long as you want at the High Seas Tank and dream as you gaze at the Manta Ray or the seahorses and the other well-kept secrets of the Mankind and Shores exhibition!

Connect Holiday Cheques are accepted by the on-line ticket office and at the Nausicaá ticket office. We accept Sodexo cheques and ANCV Holiday Cheques at the Nausicaá ticket office, but we cannot give change on these cheques.

This great window with its extraordinary dimensions - 20 metres long and 6 metres high, 38cm thick and weighing 54 tonnes - was made by the Clax Italia company, near Rome, in Italy. There are only three companies worldwide capable of making this type of window.