Marine Biology Museum
Antalya Marine Biology Museum opened its doors to the visitors in Antalya Old Town Marina on 16 January 2014. Turkey’s first Marine Biology Museum was founded by Antalya Metropolitan Municipality with the exhibition of approximately 500 marine species living in the coasts of Turkey. The Museum hosts a collection of marine species that was gathered by the scientific samplings of various marine research projects for 15 years by Dr. Elif Özgür Özbek. The decoration of the Museum was designed as in the form of a sunken pirate ship by Stage Design Artist Ayhan Doğan. With the combination of science and art, Antalya Marine Biology Museum offers Turkey’s marine biological diversity to the visitors with a way of fun and catchy learning methods. The aims of the Museum are the display of our natural heritage of marine species, give information about them especially endangered and protected species.
The primary objective of Marine Biology Museum is to cultivate peoples’ love and interest for the sea in order to protect marine life and to help ensure that future generations will enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ecosystem where the marine wildlife flourish. Together with the exhibition of approximately 500 marine species living in the coasts of Turkey, the museum is dedicated to create a database on marine life; to publish educational materials; to increase public awareness and finally, to contribute the protection of our natural heritage.
The museum offers an introduction to the broad diversity of marine species with informations on their biology and ecology and provides fun and interactive learning for all ages. Workshops, lectures, seminars, and conferences will be organized on marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, endangered species and their conservation measures, marine pollution, alien species and their ecological and economical impacts. The museum’s another mission is to cooperate with the NGOs and other Mediterranean countries for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea against pollution and establishing marine protected areas.