Dive into the Aquarium

Free entry

Immerse yourself in a watery world of wonder. 

The aquarium combines fish from Australia to Anglesey with the very latest technology. You'll be able to see a variety of fish from our collections including:

  • Tropical - Find a rainbow array of beautiful fish, including venomous Scorpionfish, tiny Cleaner Wrasse and Falseclown fish (that's the same species as Nemo!)
  • Mangrove - Archer fish, Monos and Scat live in the mangrove swamp tank with a tidal effect that minics the rise and fall of water along a tropical shore.
  • Native - See Plaice, Shore Clingfish and Thornback Ray in the coldwater tanks that mimic the rocky coast of Anglesey in North Wales and the sandy shores of the Dee estuary.

Aquarium update

Our Aquarium is one of the most popular attractions at World Museum and every year thousands of visitors, school children and families get up close to live creatures and hear from expert staff.

Unfortunately the tanks at the Aquarium are now very old and must be replaced. When you visit you won’t be able see the full range of fish as some have been moved behind the scenes to keep them safe. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes and are working on a plan to create an even better Aquarium. We’ll keep this webpage updated so check back for more news.

If you love the Aquarium and would like to help then please do consider making a donation or signing up as a member.

As a charity, National Museums Liverpool provides wonderful experiences for millions of people every year and cares for some of the most important collections in the world. Thank you to everyone who supports us – your donations make a real difference.

Behind the scenes video

Meet Ben, our aquarist, and see a day in the life of the Aquarium.

Learning space

The aquarium also has a dedicated learning and activity space; the Living Laboratory. Here even very young children can get up close to fish and other sea life in special low-level tanks.

Expert staff are on hand to answer questions and run demonstrations in which visitors can observe and learn more about live marine creature. Video cameras and microscopes bring you face to face with unfamiliar tiny organisms.    

Fun fishy facts!