Zoological Museum Kiel

Permanent exhibition „The Future Ocean”

Kiel's Zoological Museum has a new exhibition since the 30th of June 2011called "The Future Ocean". In cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean", current themes of marine research in Kiel are presented on ca. 70 square metres.


The exhibition is as interesting for children as for adults. In the entrance area, visitors can, for example, fish out a message in a bottle which explains a Cluster scientist’s research area to children. In addition a large relief globe shows the sea bed as well as the size of the oceans. More than 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by the oceans and only a minute fraction has been explored. The foundation of today’s research is the exact mapping of the sea bed and extensive measurements. The exhibition shows a simulation of the ARGO project which is a global system for ocean observations. Moreover, exhibits on ocean acidification, rising sea level and management of fisheries are displayed.

The exhibits by the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” are supplemented by originals from the museum’s collection. One focus of the exhibition is sustainable fishery. Two cod skulls, one being the average size today, the other the - much larger - average size thirty years ago, demonstrate how continuous overfishing has damaged stocks. With the interactive fish length game, which includes the usual food fish of the Baltic, visitors learn what the minimum length of fish should be when caught.

The opening times are Tuesday-Saturday from 10-17 o’clock, Sundays and public holidays from 10-13 o’clock. The museum is closed on Mondays. The museum offers guided tours on demand.