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’Into the Ocean’

This year’s special theme at the ‘Ozeaneum’ and ‘Meeresmuseum’, the aquarium and ocean museum in Stralsund, has surprises in store for visitors and features lots of activities and innovations at the permanent exhibitions.

This is a special year for Stralsund. In July, in the Hanseatic city of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, this year’s partner region of ITB Berlin, the Ozeaneum will be celebrating its tenth anniversary. “Our largest aquarium is undergoing a makeover, a wonderful present for us. Renovation work on the aquarium’s basin and decor is due to be completed by Easter and a shipwreck made by Art Department Studio Babelsberg will also be installed“, is how Dr. Harald Benke, managing director of Ozeaneum Stralsund GmbH describes the mammoth task currently being undertaken at the ‘Ozeaneum’. Two life-size replicas of a narwhale are also to be set up in the foyer at Easter. Over the course of a year other exhibitions and the foyer will also receive a makeover. Among the attractions will be an interactive station for children in the ’1:1 Ocean Giants’ hall, and the ’Ocean’ exhibition is to become home to a shoal of glass squid.

Visitors to the ‘Meeresmuseum’ will be able to marvel at two new exhibitions. Under the heading of ’Into the Ocean – Be a Winner, Protect the Sea’, an exhibition is opening on 1 February. Five tables featuring informative, interactive games about ocean topics teach children a responsible approach and target ages 10 to 16. This is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Resarch (BMBF) as part of its '2016*17 Science Focus on the Seas and Oceans'. Another special exhibition entitled 'Insightfish' will open at the 'Forum Meeresmuseum' on 8 March. A new and innovative illumination technique lets visitors see through fish and observe their bone structure, providing an aesthetic experience and new insights.

Hall 6.2, Stand 106, 106 a-b and Hall 4.1, Stand 252

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