Unseen oceans. The Baltic Sea in the World Ocean

New exhibition  “Unseen oceans” 17.10.2020-25.04.2021 and “The Baltic Sea in the World Ocean” 17.10.2020-1.08.2021

Unseen Oceans

Oceans cover most of the Earth’s surface, yet only a surprisingly small part of them has been explored. Innovative technologies allow researchers to make new and surprising discoveries about this mysterious world. The exhibition compiled by the American Museum of Natural History provides a fascinating overview of the current state of these explorations, introducing the newest technologies, the beautiful underwater nature, and the researchers themselves behind these amazing discoveries.

The journey begins from the already familiar waves that break on the shore and ends in the deepest and hidden layers of the sea. On our journey, we meet diverse sea life from tiny planktons to the most colossal giant squids, blue whales and giant manta rays.

Little research has been conducted on the depths of oceans and there is still much more to discover. The exhibition includes models of some of the most exciting areas of the sea bottom; the origin of these landforms can be better understood through a hands-on solution that allows you to use sand and projections to create your own sea bottom.

When studying the world oceans, we cannot look past environmental problems that may be fatal to them. We will learn about the most serious dangers and the steps that must be taken to improve the situation.

This new information is available thanks to the hard work of several researchers, many of whom we will meet at the exhibitions. We will learn about their innovative technologies, for example, devices to observe blue whales or soft robot hands that catch deep-water fish.

Initiator: American Museum of Natural History


The Baltic Sea in the World Ocean

The Baltic Sea only makes up 0.1% of the world oceans, but its cold and dark waves offer material for hundreds of researchers. This makes our home sea one of the most extensively explored seas in the entire world. An interactive exhibition by the Estonian Maritime Museum has invited local researchers to offer different perspectives on the question: what makes the Baltic Sea so unique?

The water of the Baltic Sea differs from waters of other seas and oceans. The reasons behind this phenomenon are studied in physical oceanography that considers temperature, salinity, and density, but also waves and currents.

Marine biology is the field study that explores how different creatures cope in this unique environment of the Baltic Sea.

Countless ships have sailed in these waters over the course of hundreds of years, but not all have safely reached their destination. The Baltic Sea is considered to be one of the best conservers of wooden shipwrecks. Historical human activity has let to the rise of a new science, maritime archaeology, where our underwater heritage is studied.

To guarantee that ships reach their destinations and decrease the number of new shipwrecks, we must strive to create safer fairways. Hydrography is the science that measures and maps the sea and ensures safe navigation.

What about the sea bottom? As it turns out, one of the best-preserved meteorite craters in the world, the Neugrund meteorite crater formed 530 million years ago, is located in Estonian seas. The terrain of the Baltic Sea is as diverse as its surrounding lands – studied by marine geologists.

Guided tours can be booked.

Initiator: Eesti Meremuuseum
Curator: Liisa Randmaa, Eesti Meremuuseum
Cocurators: Kai Salm (TalTech Meresüsteemide Instituut), Vladimir Karpin (Veeteede Amet), Arno Põllumäe (Tartu Ülikooli Eesti Mereinstituut), Sten Suuroja (Eesti Geoloogiateenistus)
Graphic design: Motor
Realisation of the exhibition and installation of the exhibition: Red Hat Group Design, TM Development
Light design: Eventech
Print: Digitrükk
Partners: Teadusteater, Keskkonnainvesteeringute Keskus, Eesti Teadusagentuur, Eesti Kultuurkapital

Project manager of the exhibition: Anna-Liisa Õispuu, Eesti Meremuuseum
Project manager of marketing: Iris Tomson, Eesti Meremuuseum
Exposition technical lead: Tõnis Veltman, Eesti Meremuuseum


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