OZEANEUM on Stralsund's Harbour Island opened its doors to the public for the first time in July 2008. With more than half a million visitors a year, OZEANEUM has become an extremely popular and first-rate attraction. In May 2010, OZEANEUM received the European Museum of the Year Award 2010.
The steel vessel of OZEANEUM: The 360 steel plates seem wafer-thin when compared with the mighty walls of the rest of the building – yet they weigh a total of 800 metric tons. While the steel shell may have appeared to be a rather adventurous architectural experiment, its design in fact mimics a ship's hull. To construct a museum with such curves and free forms is a masterful feat of engineering – no two plates are the same, and each one is designed to fit into its own unique place.martime Erbe...
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's biggest display window: The mammoth 22-ton pane hovers above the building site. Panes of glass of this size are not available in Europe. The 30-centimetre-thick acrylic glass pane was manufactured by Reynolds Polymer in Colorado, USA. It was then transported to Stralsund by ship.
Visitors access the exhibitions via a self-supporting escalator which, at 34 metres, is as long as a blue whale. The installation of the escalator was a milestone in the construction process, as only once this had been completed could the glass needed for the over 1,000 square metres of foyer surface be put in. At the top of the escalator, visitors have an exceptional view of Strela Sound, Rügen and the Rügen bridge constructed in 2007.
Ozeaneum, Stiftung Deutsches Meeresmuseum