About us

Welcome to Aquarium Pula, where in a unique way the richness of the Adriatic is combined with the centennial military history of Pula. The Aquarium is situated within the 130-year-old fort “Verudela”, once part of the powerful defence complex “Fortress Pula” built during the rule of the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy. The historical fort is nowadays inhabited by hundreds of fish species from the northern and the southern portions of the Adriatic and several tropical marine and fresh water species, as well as fish from Croatian lakes and rivers. Meet our inhabitants in rooms, hallways, tunnels and the moat of the once mighty fort and discover secrets of the aquatic environment!

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Aquarium Pula is a destination that will attract children as well as adults. Alongside the aquarium display, that in a uniquely interesting and educational way presents natural and cultural history of Croatia, the aquarium setting is remarkable in its own right. Namely, it is housed is an Austro-Hungarian fort "Verudela", built in 1886. and registered as protected cultural heritage. The fort has been under a constant process of revitalization since 2002. More than 1500 m2 of aquarium space and 5000m2 of outside area is adapted to suit the needs of the aquarium and its visitors. Most of the rooms have been used to display various exhibits, only the central part – the cannon block – and the moat surrounding the fort, 100 meters long and 10 meters wide, remain unused.

The central cannon block at fort Verudela, currently unoccupied, will be converted to display space housing living world of the Adriatic and tropical exhibits. In 2017 Aquarium Pula is planning to open three completely new tanks 50 m3 of water each. The ground level tank will be home for some larger Adriatic animals, such as the sunfish, the eagle ray and several shark species, while the tank on the first floor is reserved for tropical sharks.

With the main goal of promoting natural heritage and spreading knowledge about the need for its protection and valorization, the aquarium presents a diversified offer and a creative product that supplements regular mainstream tourism oriented toward entertainment and sport. Although public aquariums are present in our visitors countries of origin (Germany, Scandinavian countries, England, Italy), an integrated presentation of the region's history through a 19th century Austro – Hungarian fortress along with the natural richness of the Adriatic is why Aquarium Pula is unique.
Educational activities conducted at Aquarium Pula represent a unique opportunity for domestic and foreign school groups, but also an avenue for popularization of conservation biology in order to promote the need to protect marine habitats by virtue of educational tourism. The sea turtle rescue centre, a well known NGO, also found its home in Aquarium Pula. Persistently working on marine life conservation, the Centre has already initiated a number of original programs to protect sea turtles, those long-lived creatures that are currently among the most threatened in the world.


Working Hours

Time period Day Opening hours Last entry
1.7. - 31.8. Monday - Sunday 09.00h - 22.00h 21.00h
1.9. - 15.9. Monday - Sunday 09.00h - 21.00h 20.00h
1.10. - 31.10. Monday - Sunday 09.00h - 18.00h 17.00h
1.11. - 31.3. Monday - Friday 09.00h - 16.00h 15.00h
Saturday - Sunday 09.00h - 17.00h 16.00h

Prices

Individual Price
Adults 130kn
Students and seniors 60+ 100kn
Children from 7 to 18 years 100kn
Children from 3 to 6 years 70kn
Children up to 3 years Free entrance

Exhibitions


See our Adriatic, Mediterranean, marine tropical, freshwater tropical and cold freshwater display, along with a fragile area that sustains a large number of fish and invertebrates – northern seas.


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Conservation


Aquarium Pula continuously concentrates its efforts towards protecting the most sensitive and endangered Adriatic species while raising public awareness.


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Sea Turtles

Corals

Cartilaginous Fishes

Nobel Pen Shell Sanctuary

Education


Aquarium Pula´s development is always heading toward protection of the most vulnerable and endangered Adriatic species and raising public awareness.


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Fort Verudella


Fort Verudela is a part of the Austro-Hungarian defence system of the city of Pula, which represents the peak of European fortification architecture of the 19th century.


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In addition to treatment and care, the activities of the Center are related to the education of the general public through workshops and events to return turtles to the sea on World Sea Turtle Day (June 16). This event has already grown into a traditional and very well-attended event in the media, with an increasing number of citizens and tourists participating every year. Read more.


Ella-Ravka was found in Jazine Bay, Zadar and brought to the Center due to an injury on the right side of the carapace, caused by a boat collision.

Mini Koko (Micikica) was found on 12 th January 2021 In Javić Bay on Korčula. It is the smallest loggerhead turtle (85 grams, carapax 9 cm) found in the Adriatic.

Maro was found by a tourist on the island of Korcula who noticed a turtle floating in the sea. X-ray scan confirmed that Maro had a hook in its esophagus.

Carlo Albano was found floating in the sea near Vidilica cape, Nature Park Telašćica, on 17 th March 2021.

Opat was caught near the island Dugi Otok by a seine boat. The X-rays confirmed the presence of a 3 cm long hook in the esophagus that was surgically removed.

Free Wings is a young loggerhead turtle found on 20 th December 2019 in Pula near Marina Veruda with a necrotic right hind flipper caused by entanglement in marine garbage.

Spela is a large loggerhead that was found floating in the sea off the coast of Barbariga, Pula on 30th July 2020.

Maximus was found floating in the sea near Porer at Cape Kamenjak on 26 th July 2020.

Ella-Ravka
Arrived: 30. 6. 2020.
Mini Koko (Micikica)
Arrived:: 29. 1. 2021
Maro
Arrived:: 18. 7. 2020.
Karlo Albano
Arrived:: 18. 3. 2021
Opat
Vračena 5. 10. 2020.
Free Wings
Released: 5. 10. 2020.
Špela
Released: 5. 10. 2020.
Maximus
Released: 5. 10. 2020.

Walking with butterflies


Meet Croatian butterflies, their life cycle and threats that endanger them. From more than 17 000 described species of diurnal butterflies worldwide, Europe is home to 576, while in Croatia 197 species can be found. Such a high number of butterfly species in Croatia is a consequence of exceptional habitat diversity.


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Hopespot


Aquarium Pula conservation activities provide hope for survival of endangered species.


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  • entrepreneur

    Entrepreneur of the year: Milena Mičić

    „ AQUARIUM PULA“

    The award for the best entrepreneur of the year was given to the owner of the Aquarium of Pula, Milena Micic, who in 2000. launched an aquarium exhibition project at the fortress in Pula, Verudela.
  • NETCET

    NETCET

    Network for the Conservation of Cetaceans and Sea Turtles in the Adriatic

    The marine turtle rescue center has been implementing the IPA European project NETCET from 2012 to 2016.
    The main objective of the NETCET project is to develop common strategies for the conservation of cetaceans and sea turtles in the Adriatic through regional cooperation (pan-Adriatic cooperation).
  • EUAC

    EUAC

    The European Union of Aquarium Curators

    Promote professional improvement between specialists in the public aquarium field.

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