Finally, we are expanding!
For years we have wanted to update our exhibitions and provide our seals with a larger seal pool, and this spring the actual construction work will begin.
Until then, we will demolish parts of the old exhibitions, in order for those areas to be prepared for all the new exhibitions. Parts of the exhibitions will be closed off periodically - we will keep you updated on this via our social media.
This week we started demolishing our old classroom at the back of the aquarium. This means that there will be no lab-lectures in February. In March, the labs will be kept up in our old café. Right now the old café is being used for the travelling exhibition Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: Art, Architecture and Traditional Knowledge.
Everything in the foyer will be new; the play area and the boat will be removed, and replaced several interactive exhibitions, developed along with researchers from the Fram Centre. The new Landscape Room will take our guests on a journey over land, under the ice, and all the way down to the bottom of the ocean. The exhibits will be both digital and analogue, providing sensory impressions via sound and light, and you will be able to see and feel while learning about the fauna of the Arctic.
The aquarium will also be expanded, and a brand new extension will be built at the back of the building. This is where our seals will move; into a brand new seal pool that holds 1 million litres of water - three times as much as today's seal pool. Here they will have plenty of natural daylight through large windows in both east and west end of the room, and will also be able to swim out onto a separate balcony where they can lie down and enjoy the weather.
The area around the seal pool will include an amphitheatre where everyone will be able to watch the seal feedings. There will be an elevated amphitheatre on the south side of the room, and it will be possible to view the seal pool from the brand new classroom. Guests will also be able to step out onto a balcony on the east side of the building.
Polaria will remain open as normal throughout the construction period.