Deep Sea and Marine Research
Opening in spring 2020
The deep sea is the largest habitat on earth – about 50 percent of the earth’s whole surface lies below 1000 meters at the depth of the ocean. Despite the extreme living conditions, the deep sea is home to organisms that have adapted in manifold ways – ranging from the giant squid to the pelican eel to brittle stars glowing blue and green, and “alarm jellyfish”. This unknown universe is magical, eerie and bizarre, but also highly fascinating. Our new exhibition rooms offer the opportunity to experience the deep sea with all senses.
With the help of autonomous vehicles and robots, researchers explore the almost unknown deep sea and bring to light amazing discoveries. A new theme room presents marine research and marine technology. It also offers visitors the opportunity to explore the different spheres of the ocean on a virtual submarine dive – from its surface down to the deep sea. In addition, visitors will learn how complex an expedition via ship is, which equipment is used to explore the oceans and to retrieve organisms, and which remarkable results are achieved with marine research. Finally, the human influence on the oceans is addressed as well.
The new rooms are built as part of our “Project Senckenberg – New Museum”. The Natural History Museum in Frankfurt is to be modernized and expanded in a modular fashion during the coming years. Four new sections are being developed: Human, Earth, Cosmos, and Future. They will take visitors on excursions to the beginnings of humanity, the most exciting places on the globe and through the endless expanse of the universe, and they address questions about the future development of our planet. The Natural History Museum is going to present and impart research and science in comprehensible and up-to-date ways. The use of fascinating presentations, “room-in-room” installations, and new media constitutes an essential part of the exhibition concepts.