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Israel Aquarium
The Gottesman Family Aquarium in Jerusalem

The Israel Aquarium is located 1 km from the entrance to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo and there is no bus service linking the two sites. But if you come with your car or tour guide there is ample parking next to the entrance.

Israel Aquarium in Jerusalem

Israel Aquarium in Jerusalem

This is a huge aquarium telling an amazing submarine story. Begin your journey at the entrance hall and watch how thousands of fish swim together, all in one direction.

Continue to the “Four Seas” gallery, where you will find an extraordinary exhibit of Israel’s seas, namely the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea. Your next destination are the different galleries displaying local fish farming and aquaculture techniques. Among these galleries, you’ll find treasures from the Mediterranean, the Suez Canal, and the Red Sea.


Attractions in the Israel Aquarium

Attractions in the Israel Aquarium

  • Many new fish have been added and there are 9 sharks available at this time.
  • Pinchas the Octopus is one of the most fascinating animals. An Octopus is very intelligent. Lots of research is being done on octopus’ brains and how they live.
  • Nemo and Dory fish have also joined the waters.
  • The adorable sea horses have been brought from South Australia.
  • There are 10-15 sting-rays which you will be able to feed with a stick but not pet according to Israeli law.
  • Other interesting fish on exhibit include: Jelly Fish, Star Fish, Stone Fish, Frog Fish and more.

Israel Aquarium

Interactive Activities at the Aquarium in Jerusalem

Interactive Activities at the Aquarium in Jerusalem

Children may climb into the center area of the tank which is a dry area, and really get a close look at the fish.

They have now set up “selfie” areas, where one can turn a bright light on and be able to take good selfie pictures.

The open sting ray pool allows visitors to see the sting rays from up close, but Israel laws prevent one from actually touch them.

New Fish Added

New Fish Added at the Aquarium

The Aquarium acquire fish from other aquariums of from collectors that have the permit to collect them. They are brought by boat or plane and immediately placed in the waters of the aquarium, first in a quarantine of 30 to 45 days to insure they are not carrying any disease or parasites that may endanger other fish.

Entrance to the Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium

Entrance to the Gottesman Family Israel Aquarium

Tickets need to be purchased in advance

The number of entrance tickets are limited. Please obey the rules to assure a high-quality visit experience. Maintaining a quiet atmosphere and refraining from using flash photography, although regular photography is permitted. Food is not permitted inside the aquarium,

Opening times

On holidays like Sukkot, Chanukah and Pesach, they are open on special hours and you would need to buy tickets in advance. There are no guided tours in those days.

All other times, mornings are open for prearranged group tours, booked in advance. Afternoons (2pm-5pm) are open to the public, with tickets bought in advance via the website


For more information visit the Israel Aquarium Official Website

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