Modell Atolla Wyvillei (Alarmqualle)

Permanent exhibition

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.

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Fished from the deep sea by marine researcher Pedro Martinez: Fangtooth (Anoplogaster cornuta). 

The theme rooms “Marine Research” and “Deep Sea” are located on the 2nd floor of the Natural History Museum, which is going to be dedicated to the earth’s habitats. Here, a round tour is being developed, following an altitudinal gradient that starts at the deep sea and ends at the high mountains. After “Deep Sea” and “Marine Research”, the next theme room, “Coral Reef”, opens by the end of 2020.


GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a world-wide leading institute of marine research. We investigate chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean margins and their interactions with the atmosphere. With this broad spectrum of research initiatives GEOMAR is globally unique.
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To study and understand nature with its unlimited diversity of living creatures and to preserve and manage it in a sustainable fashion as the basis of life for future generations – that has been the goal of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (Senckenberg Nature Research Society) for the past 200 years. This integrative “geobiodiversity research” and the dissemination of research and science are among Senckenberg’s primary tasks. Three natural history museums in Frankfurt, Görlitz and Dresden display the diversity of life and the earth’s development over millions of years. The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung is a member of the Leibniz Association. The Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt is supported by the City of Frankfurt am Main as well as numerous other partners. Additional information can be found at