The Center of Oceanography and Marine Biology “Moskvarium”
Winter is the season that associated with the snow. I've never had experience with winter, everything was new for me. My first winter was in Moscow in February 2018. I think some people will agree with me if winter isn't the best season to go outside for a long time. But that didn't stop me from going out. My husband and I had a free time to go somewhere so we decided to spend our free time indoors. We did some research where would be the best place to visit. Aquarium gave me more attention to visit. Why aquarium? Is that exciting? Yes, for me as Indonesian it's totally exciting. I will never discover beach or sea in Moscow, so it would be so pleasing if I could visit Aquarium. Also, it was my second time visiting an Aquarium, the first time was in Jakarta. So why not visit another one.
Which aquarium?There are two aquariums in Moscow. The first one is Москвариум (Moskvarium) and the second one is Океания (Oceania). We were more interested in visiting Moskvarium. It was opened in 2015. It is located on ВДНХ (VDNKh) area. VDNKh is a permanent general-purpose trade show and amusement park in Moscow, Russia. Moskvarium is the biggest European Oceanarium with the total area of the complex is 53 thousand sq.m.
How to get there?Moskvarium's address is Moscow, Prospekt Mira, 119, Blvd. 23. You can reach it by taking the metro orange line to the VDNkh station. From the metro line, you can go directly to the VDNKh entrance (about 500 meters). However, your journey hasn't ended yet. You can take a deep breath first because it's still far. I rarely walk long distances so it was a bit tiring for me.
Where to buy the ticket?You can buy the ticket through online or you can buy it directly. Not far from the entrance there's stall to buy the ticket. There's also cashier inside the Moskvarium building.
What's the price?There isn't only Aquarium, there are also some shows there; because we only visited the Aquarium so here I'll tell the price for the ticket. AQUARIUM TICKET
- Weekdays (Monday 0r Thursday): Full day tariff 900 roubles, family ticket 2 adults + 1 child (3 – 12 years) 2200 roubles, young visitor ticket (3 – 12 years) 600 roubles, family ticket 2 adults + 2 children (3 – 12 years) 2800 roubles.
- Weekend ( Friday – Sunday): Full day tariff 1000 roubles, family ticket 2 adults + 1 child (3 – 12 years) 2400 roubles, young visitor ticket (3 – 12 years) 800 roubles, family ticket 2 adults + 2 children (3 – 12 years) 3200 roubles
Let's continue itAfter we bought the ticket, we were walking again to the Moskvarium building (less than 1 km). Unfortunately, it was reconstruction until September 2018. It's important to be careful while walking and seeing around. When you can see rocket and plane statue, go left. On the building, you can see whale image. Luckily we went there on a weekday so it wasn't crowded. When we entered the building there's security that checked our bag. After entering the building we can put our jacket on checkroom. It'll be uncomfortable if we wear and carry the jacket while going around, right? As I know there are 4 floors. 1st floor is the aquarium, 2nd floor is checkroom, cashier, merchandise store, cafe. Then on the 3rd floor is restaurant and bookstore, 4th floor is closed.
Let's enter the AquariumThe ticket was already on our hand and jacket on checkroom, then went downstairs. We were amazed because there's a small water fountain that showed the year. We're way back, we can enter after scanning the ticket at the entrance but don't throw it first because we need to exit the aquarium. There are about 8000 species of sea creatures from all over the world and the design is so fascinating. There's information about the fish in every aquarium (name of species, age, length, and weight). There are some cameramen from there, you can take a picture on the special spot (unluckily it's not free). It's good if you have kids and take a photo there with their cameramen. Inside there are also a cafe, ice cream stand, cotton candy stand and a small area for kids to do some creativities. Don't:
- If you bring the camera keep in mind that it's prohibited to use the flash. I also recommend you to turn off the AF Illuminator since the red light can irritate the security.