What if NAUSICAA was your next story?
Three days to go until NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre near Calais, becomes one of the largest aquariums in the world. On 19th May, the brand new extension, home to a new permanent exhibition called ‘Journey on the High Seas’, will open its doors and reinforce NAUSICAA’s position as a top edicational and family-friendly destination in France. In a nutshell, it ticks all the boxes but just in case you need convincing, here are 5 reasons why you should think of NAUSICAA for your next story.
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The Atout France press team
The new extension ‘Journey on the High Seas’ – the 10,000 m² extension of NAUSICAA will open to the public on 19th May, 2018. It will be home to a new visitor experience called “Journey on the High Seas” which will include a 10,000 m3 tank, 22,000 new sea creatures and an 18-metre-long transparent tunnel. The extension will make NAUSICAA one of the largest aquariums in the world.
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A major player in raising awareness of the marine environment – In 27 years, NAUSICAA has welcomed over 16 million visitors and become a major player in raising awareness of the marine environment and the sustainability of our oceans. The Centre’s role is to educate and encourage the general public how we can protect our marine life for the future and how we each can help towards marine conservation. NAUSICAA is labelled UNESCO “Centre of Excellence” due to its awareness-raising achievements. Find out more
#3 Architecture: A first in Europe
The new NAUSICAA extension is a marvel of architecture – The new NAUSICAA extension has been a true architectural, aquatic and technical challenge and have never been realised to this scale in Europe before. Built in the shape of a Manta Ray, the new extension is a large-scale architectural project designed by Jacques Rougerie and houses of one the largest tank in the world, holding a staggering 10,000 m3 of water (equivalent of 4 Olympic pools). Find out more
Fun & educational – NAUSICAA is much more than just an aquarium. It is a centre where the unique marine environment can be explored in a fun and educational way.
Children can become active citizens of the Ocean by learning and having fun through the many forums and interactive activities available. Find out more
#5 Because it’s on UK’s doorstep
Less than 2 hours from London – NAUSICAA is located on Europe’s most unspoilt stretch of coastline, the Côte d’Opale. When visiting NAUSICAA, visitors can also take the opportunity to discover Boulogne-sur- Mer, France’s biggest fishing port and Europe’s biggest seafood processing centre. A holder of the Ville d’Art et d’Histoire (City of Art and History) label, Boulogne-sur-Mer offers many must-see attractions: its fortified city, its UNESCO World Heritage-listed belfry, and its Basilica of Notre-Dame. Find out more