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Covid-19: guidelines for visitors after the museum reopening

The Museum of the World Ocean reopens its doors to exhibitions after the lockdown. We take care of our visitors’ and employees’ health and have developed certain easy rules for visiting the museum in this period.

Please, buy tickets online http://tickets.world-ocean.ru/ru/#id=1, at ticket kiosks on the territory near the main museum building and ticket offices. By buying a ticket you agree to follow the rules and instructions at the museum objects (body temperature control, social distancing, wearing a mask).

Please, allow the museum staff to measure you body temperature with a noncontact thermometer. Guests showing high body temperature and ARVI symptoms are not allowed to visit the museum exhibitions.

We kindly ask you to keep social distance, put masks and gloves before entering an exhibition room. If necessary, you can buy a kit at the museum gift shop.

Maximum number of visitors per exhibition area:

  • Exhibition Depth - 30
  • Aquariums - 10
  • Ground floor lobby (Main building) – 10
  • R/V Vityaz НИС «Витязь» - 50
  • Exhibition centre Packgaus 1- 20
  • Exhibition centre Packgaus 2 - 10
  • Exhibition pavilion Water Cube - 7
  • Submarine B-413 – 7
  • Friedrichsburg Gate - 48
  • Koenig Gate - 10
  • Maritime Exhibition Centre (Svetlogorsk) – 60

Please, disinfect your hands with sanitizers located at the entrance to the exhibition.
Thank you for your understanding and see you at the museum!

The 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica

In 2020 Russia marks the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica. Employees of the Museum of the World Ocean are taking part in the most ambitious round-the-world sailing expedition held in honor to this date. In addition to performing scientific tasks they will have to implement exhibition projects on board the barques. One of these exhibitions is “P.N. Mikhailov. Journey to the South Pole” made in collaboration with the State Russian Museum.

The Museum of the World Ocean decided not only to develop the project, but also to get its guests acquainted with modern technologies used for the study of Antarctica. There are two projects aimed to accomplish this. The first project is a kind of journey into the past. The artworks of Pavel Mikhailov tell about the famous expedition of Bellingshausen and Lazarev who discovered the sixth continent - Antarctica. Replicas are not only made in the same format as the originals, but also accurately convey the itinerary of the expedition as well as the skill of the artist. The second project tells about the technologies used by scientists to study Antarctica 200 years after its discovery. Displayed items were received from “Vostok” station named after one of the sloops used in the discovery of the southern mainland. Under the station there is the largest subglacial lake on the continent. There are thermal drill bits presented at the exhibition that were used to reach the lake.

Both exhibitions provide a great chance to see the distant, discover Antarctica for yourself and learn the history of the South Pole.

To Reserve Shores of Kamchatka

The Museum of the World Ocean invites you to travel to Kamchatka shores. Today, in the age of hi-tech and smart gadgets, impressions and emotions are probably the most precious things. We draw them from beauty, breathtaking discoveries and journeys. The museum is a unique place where even one single exhibition can give an opportunity to travel.

Kamchatka... This corner on the planet is the most desired place for a trip but the most difficult of access as well. Those who were lucky to visit it become its adherents forever and try to return to this fairy-tale area.

The Museum of the World Ocean invites you to the magic land of geysers and volcanoes that is in the list of 25 top amazing places on the planet tourists should visit in 2020 by National Geographic magazine. Almost thirty pictures taken by professional photographers will give you an unforgettable encounter with nature and fauna of the Komandorsky Nature Reserve and Kronotsky Nature Reserve. Most probably, visitors have never seen a sperm-whale, killer whales and a humpback whale so close in natural environment!

Photographs will make you feel a part of this thrilling world of wild nature and learn who the Baird's beaked whale is, how the Kuril harbour seals look like and that the tufted puffin is a very cute bird but not a sort of a muffin. More mind-blowing facts are waiting for you at the exhibition “To Reserve Shores of Kamchatka”.

People Of The Sea

A unique ethnographic exhibition – People of the Sea – is waiting for you at the Maritime Exhibition Centre in Svetlogorsk.

A unique ethnographic collection moves visitors to the world of primitive tribes, mystery religions and excellent handicraft by native artists. About 1 000 items – cult objects, masks, puppets, weapons – were collected by a German traveler in Indonesia (New Guinea, Java, Timor, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Bali) as well as in India, China and Nepal  in the 1960s-90s. These people’s life is closely interrelated with the sea, so it is clearly seen in the materials, symbols and themes. According to the ethnographers, it is one of the five best collections in Europe. In 2015, a Russian entrepreneur and patron V.Shcherbakov acquired the collection and lent it to the Museum of the World Ocean for a display.  Guests have already got to know a small part of the collection at the Maritime Exhibition Centre. Some exhibits are exclusive and displayed in Russia for the first time.

The exhibition is located on two levels: on the ground floor one can get to know unique primitive cultures of New Guinea: Asmat and Dani tribes. Exhibits devoted to the culture and art of Bali, Hindustan and Southeast Asia will be presented in the largest hall.


To the Depth


The Museum of the World Ocean invites you to the new exposition “Depth” located in the museum depository building and outside.  Here you can see the collections of barometers, current meters, hydrophysic probes, underwater cameras, optical tools, etc. But the main exhibits are the submersible manned vehicle “Mir-1” and one of the biggest sperm-whale skeletons in the world.  It order to put the legendary vehicle in the building it was necessary to lay special durable industrial flooring. Moreover, a special 4 x 4-meter doorway was made since sometimes “Mir” will have to leave the museum and make breathtaking descents.

The expositions answers many questions: how to measure depth, what vehicles are needed to dive at great depth, whether the life exists at maximum depth, etc.

Visitors can also watch fascinating videos devoted to exploration of the oceanic depth. 

Moreover, visitors can climb into a descent module (space capsule), “Tethys” submersible, and pressure chamber. Interesting facts about the “Mir” submersibles “Mir” is a self-propelled deep submergence vehicle. The project was initially developed by the USSR Academy of Sciences (now the Russian Academy of Sciences) along with Design Bureau "Lazurith". Later two vehicles were ordered from Finland. The “Mir-1” and “Mir-2”, delivered in 1987, were designed and built by the Finnish company “Rauma-Repola's Oceanics” subsidiary. The project was carried out under the supervision of constructors and engineers of the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology. The “Mir” submersibles can dive to a maximum depth of 6,000 metres. The carrier and command centre of both “Mir” submersibles is the R/V “Akademik Mstislav Keldysh”. The two “Mir” units are operated by the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1987-2005, 35 expeditions in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean were made with the “Mir” submersibles, nine of them were devoted to consequence management of the atomic submarines “Komsomolets” and “Kursk” wrecks. 

In the mid 1990s and early 2000s, the “Mir” vehicles were used by Canadian film director James Cameron to film the wreck of the RMS “Titanic”, resting at a depth of 3,821 meters, for his 1997 film “Titanic” and documentaries such as “Ghosts of the Abyss”, and to film the wreck of the “Bismarck”, resting at a depth of 4,700 meters, for his 2002 documentary film “Expedition: Bismarck”.

On December, 24 2003 Anatoliy Sagalevich, Director of the Russian Deepwater submersibles Laboratory, was awarded an “Underwater Oscar” by the American Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences at the scientific council of P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology.

On August, 2007 the “Mir” submersibles performed the first manned descent to the seabed under the Geographic North Pole to a depth of 4 300 meters. On the seabed “Mir-1” planted a one meter tall rustproof flag of Russia and left a time capsule containing a message for future generations. The submersibles experienced pressure of 430 atmospheres that was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

In August-September, the submersibles “Mir-1” and “Mir-2” made 60 dives in various points of Baikal. In 2009, 100 submersions were made. 

In 2011, the submersibles “Mir-1” and “Mir-2” explored Lake Geneva, one of the largest European lakes.

General characteristics

Test depth 6 000 m

Energy supply 100 kW/h

Life support supply 246 operator hours

Maximum speed 5 kn

Buoyancy reserve (on surface) 290 kg

Displacement 18.6 t

Length 7.8 m

Beam (with side motors) 3.8 m

Height 3 m

Complement 3 persons


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