German Oceanographic Museum – explore the oceans in a museum
The sea has fascinated humans ever since. The German Oceanographic Museum Foundation has committed itself to making this fascination come alive. Four museum locations let the visitor experience completely different underwater worlds.
OZEANEUM Stralsund GmbH
An underwater journey through the northern seas – unique in Europe
OZEANEUM on Stralsund’s harbour island is the fourth and newest museum location of the German Oceanographic Museum. Since July 2008, visitors are invited to go on an exciting underwater journey through exhibitions and aquaria. Its spectacular exterior design and architecture with a facade of up to 12-metre-high curved plates of white ship steel makes people want to explore the building’s interior as well. Inside, visitors can see the world’s biggest whale exhibition with life-size models of those giants of the sea.
In the summer of 2011, a new exhibition on the exploration and utilization of the seas opened its doors. An adventure exhibition for children, a spacious penguin enclosure on the roof terrace and 50 partly huge aquaria are also part of the museum tour. The biggest tank contains 2.6 million litres of water. Its 50 m² panoramic window provides an excellent view on rays, nurse sharks, a sand tiger shark and a large school of mackerels. At OZEANEUM, the Baltic Sea plays a very special role. Visitors may learn about its typical biotopes and dwellers in an exhibition unparalleled in Europe. At OZEANEUM, marine sciences meet spectacular aquaria. This successful concept was acknowledged with the “European Museum of the Year 2010” award.
Katharinenberg 14 – 20
Tropical seas behind convent walls
Since 1951, MEERESMUSEUM has been located in the former Dominican St. Catherine’s monastery in Stralsund’s old town. The museum’s exhibitions address topics like oceanography, marine biology, fishery and the flora and fauna of the Baltic Sea. A 15-metre-long fin whale skeleton, a polar bear, a Japanese spider crab and a leatherback sea turtle are some of the most impressive exhibits at MEERESMUSEUM. 36 tropical and Mediterranean aquaria are bustling with sharks, sea horses, colourful coral fish and giant sea turtles that are at home in their 350,000-litre pool with a 3x8-metre “display window”.
NATUREUM Darßer Ort
Darßer Ort 1 – 3
18375 Born am Darß
To the lighthouse and back through the Darß Forest
NATUREUM is located in the Western Pomerania Lagoon Area National Park (Nationalpark Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft) not far from the Darßer Ort lighthouse, near Prerow. It has been a natural history museum since 1991 and houses exhibitions on the Darßer Ort natural region, the Baltic coast and local animals as shown in the “Darß Forest by night” scenario featuring twilight-active forest dwellers. Baltic Sea aquaria, the beach and dune garden, the wetland ecosystem and the accessible lighthouse are surely worth a visit and compensate for the little journey through the Darß Forest because NATUREUM is only reachable on foot, by bike or horse-drawn carriage.
NAUTINEUM Dänholm Stralsund
Zum kleinen Dänholm
Witnesses of ocean research
Since 1999, the German Marine Museum has run NAUTINEUM on the Dänholm, a small island just east of Stralsund. It serves as a collection depot for several original exhibits from the field of fishery and marine research. Until October 2015, NAUTINEUM had been open to the public. It also provides space for scientific research and the preservation of dead marine animals.