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Maritime Museum: photo description (Deutsches Meeresmuseum)

When in 1951 the German biologist Otto Dibelet opened in the former convent of the Church of St. Catherine exhibition of natural history, no one thought that thereby is laid the story of one of the most visited museums of a nautical theme in Northern Germany.

During the existence of the GDR, it was impossible to imagine a vacation on the coast of the German Baltic sea without the mandatory trip to the Museum of Stralsund. The Museum gradually grew and soon the entire area of the monastery, including the Church, was filled with aquariums, pictures, dioramas and models of ships. In the seventies the main attraction of the Museum was the tropical aquarium with its inhabiting live corals.

After the reunification of Germany, the Maritime Museum continued to be frustrated more and more, soon exhibits no longer enough monastic territories and the construction spread to the nearby island of Danholm (former fishing village) and Natureum. To date, the Maritime Museum of Stralsund consists of 39 aquariums, 1 the underwater tunnel and aquarium, which presents a model of a whale in full size.

Periodically, there are performances for children and adults. Though the Museum closes at 6pm, but once a month visitors can walk along the sea tunnel, followed by the Poseidon and the mermaids, flashing his flashlights to spy on the sleeping fish and finally see what they do in the dark.

Aquarium Stralsund was voted best natural history Museum 2010 in Europe and was awarded the bronze sculpture "The Egg" symbolizing the people's recognition and love visitors. The Museum works daily from 10 o'clock in the morning and the whole day is hardly enough time to explore all its attractions.