70 years ago, Prof. Otto Dibbelt laid the foundation for the successful history of the German Oceanographic Museum with the founding of the Nature Museum.
Not only the MEERESMUSEUM in Stralsund's old town, but also the OZEANEUM, the NATUREUM and the NAUTINEUM have become part of the foundation since then. By 2023, the MEERESMUSEUM will be extensively renovated to completely renew the exhibitions and aquariums and to meet today's requirements for accessibility and energy efficiency. During this time, the info point of the MEERESMUSEUM is hosting a small exhibition inviting visitors to find out more about the modernisation work.
In the anniversary year 2021, visitors of the OZEANEUM can look forward to an updated light and sound show in the exhibition "1:1 Giants of the Sea" and a new photo exhibition about the one-year Arctic expedition of the research vessel POLARSTERN. Both the Förderverein Deutsches Meeresmuseum and the NATUREUM will celebrate their 30th anniversaries in 2021.
Behind the scenes at the German Oceanographic Museum, there are ongoing preparations for the architectural competition for the new science center at the NAUTINEUM, and a change within the Board of Directors is taking place. Dr. Harald Benke is retiring as planned after around 26 years of service.