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German Oceanographic Museum (Deutsches Meeresmuseum)
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Plenty of Fish

This place has lots of information regarding how fishing is actually done. Some live fish and... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2017
Purrinian
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Somewhere in England
What a perfect museum for families and ocean lovers!

This is the original ocean museum in Stralsund before the Ozeanum was built. We checked with locals... read more

Reviewed January 7, 2016
AquaPacifica
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed August 2, 2017

This place has lots of information regarding how fishing is actually done. Some live fish and plenty of stuffed creatures are also about.

Thank Purrinian
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Reviewed January 7, 2016

This is the original ocean museum in Stralsund before the Ozeanum was built. We checked with locals prior to going as we didn't understand the distinction. Apparently this has the tropical fish, corals, turtles and international and national exhibits where the Ozeanum focuses on the Nordic and Baltic seas. We only wanted to visit 1 place, given we had grandma and child in tow and this was recommended to us.
The much cheaper admission price (EUR10 compared to EUR16 for the Ozeanum) - it adds up if you have a family- also weighed in.
Architecturally, this is a very interesting building, the main exhibits are in a huge gothic church but then connect through to other buildings and end up in the courtyard of the old city walls - quite a maze and very large which you don't realize until you start leaving the church on the third floor and it keeps going and going with surprises around every corner. Although there are lifts, I would not want to do this with a stroller or with a disability as this would involve backtracking to the lifts and take away from the logical flow of the exhibits. Lots of stairs up and down but well manageable even for grandma, lots of areas to sit and rest and quite a few play areas for small children under 4. Nothing for the older kids though.
The logical choice would be the central old wooden fishing boat my son jumped on because there was no sign to not touch - a shame, as I can't see how you would do damage to the boat by letting kids climb aboard.
Anyway, the exhibits are amazing, not a lot have English captions so without German you would miss out on a lot of information. Even though I am an ocean person and have worked in the field, there were a lot of amazing exhibits - especially on the third floor of the church where it started getting interesting for all of us. The Aquarium section is wonderful and diverse with lots of unusual fish and the huge tank with the sea turtles and sharks is beautiful with lots of bench space to hang out. Then you go upstairs and see it all again from above.
No cafeteria, only some vending machines and a small kids play area at the end.
It was the absolute highlight of our day trip to Stralsund.
Please note that they were enormous temperature difference in the various buildings, some well heated, others freezing cold, so I would not leave a coat or jacket at reception, as you might need them in the colder parts of the building. I saw kids without jackets shivering, especially in the downstairs aquaria areas.
What a perfect museum!

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Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

Visited the museum with two kids (6 and 8 years old). Had thought it was relatively small now that they had build the new Oceaneum too, but it just went on and on. We used a lot of time in there. Lots of displays and information on fishing, boats, the sea and oceans, a large area with aquariums with exotic fish.

1  Thank Ahjessen
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Nice museum in abandoned church. Aquariums are in the end, so if you have baby, do not waste time and their energy.

Thank Polacek
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

My wife and visited this new attraction on the Baltic coast on a cold day, and followed the orange line through this spectacular new building, past all the displays. These featured everything that lives in, on or flies over the North and Baltic Seas. It is a feast of models and live exhibits depicting man's involvement with the Seas over the centuries, the energy of the waves, and the problem of industrial scale fishing- a breathtaking and authoritative lesson for us in a visit that lasted for over 3 compelling hours, with the strap line "what we know is a drop in the ocean of what we do not know"! Afterwards, we just had to enjoy a mouthwatering ice cream in the quayside cafe. Strongly Rrcommended for a visit.

Thank Ted B
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Very nice presentation, everything what you need to know about ocean and see. Town is small and very nice

Thank Jovana M
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Reviewed May 29, 2012

The models of East German trawlers and the huge fishing nets make you realize how big fishing is ruining the oceans.

Thank SanDiegobased
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

showing all you need to know about sea life and fishing. Nicely presented. Avoid cafeteria. Even though supposedly operated by one of the better hotels in Stralsund they have not managed to shake off the old DDR-feel in more than 20 years!

1  Thank DrRiG
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Reviewed September 13, 2011

This is the old, original "sea museum" in Stralsund, the Ozeaneum is the new addition. While the Ozeaneum focuses on the ocean and everything connected, this one focuses on fishing & the sea. Here you'll find fish tanks with tropical fish and a large tank with big sea turtles (which the Ozeaneum doesn't have). There is also a collection of shells and a whale skeleton. Although the museum is old, it's nicely done and still interesting. If you go with non-German speaking children it can be a problem that almost all explanation is in German only, some headings are in English. The museum is located in a former Dominican monastery. The entrance fee is 7.5 EUR for adults, there's an interesting combi-ticket with the Ozeaneum for 18 EUR (single ticket Ozeaneum is 14 EUR). If you buy a combi-ticket here, you can jump the queue at the Ozeaneum.

1  Thank AlexandraCCL
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Reviewed February 17, 2008

Oceanographic museum in Stralsund is a must, when you are n a family vacation around the location. It would certainly be a remarkable experience. http://www.meeresmuseum.de/english/content/index.htm

Thank passionshower
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