Baltic Sea Science Center has opened!

Author: BalticSea2020
Year published: 2019

On the 11th of April the day we waited for finally came - the opening of the Baltic Sea Science Center (BSSC) on Skansen! The Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and the foundation's founder Björn Carlson welcomed the first visitors into the house.

P1013505The Swedish Crown Princess Victoria, Björn Carlson (founder of BalticSea2020), John Brattmyhr (CEO at Skansen) and Maria Torén (Communications Director at Skansen) participated during the opening.

It all started back in 2013 when Skansen got in touch with BalticSea2020 to present the idea of a house where Skansen visitors have the opportunity to discover the Baltic Sea. But they needed a partner.

- We have received this kind of enquiry several times before, but the concept or location has not felt quite right. But when Skansen called and told about their vision, everything fell into place! says Conrad Stralka, Executive Director, BalticSea2020.

On the 11th of April the first visitors could finally see the results from the long collaboration. BSSC consists of an aquarium part where the visitors meet, among other things, cod, salmon, eel and sea trout in the large predatory fish aquarium. Baltic herring is found in the schooling fish aquarium and pike, zander, perch, roach, common rudd, crucian carp, tench and bream swims in the jetty aquarium.

The smaller habitat aquariums showcase the various Baltic Sea environments. On the shallow hard seabed, bladder wrack forms a forest where stickleback and eelpout live a protected life. On the deeper hard seabed, red algae and blue mussels live alongside fish such as cottids and small flatfish. Few plants live on the deep soft seabed. Creatures that live here have to protect themselves in other ways. On the deep soft sea beds mussels and worms can be found.

Bildserie1BSSCBSSC also contains the exhibition ‘Along the coast’ which is about people and the sea, and how we affect and depend on each other. In the part of the building called ‘The challenges of the Baltic Sea’, the visitors can see how our own choices and those made by other people affect the future of the Baltic Sea focusing on the three main environmental challenges eutrophication, environmental toxins and overfishing.

Last, but not least, the building has a laboratory and a film room. The film room displays various films about the Baltic Sea and the laboratory is available for schools to book. For more information, please visit Skansen´s homepage


BSSC is a place where everyone can go to learn more about the Baltic Sea's unique environment. Here the visitors can get insight into the difficult situation the sea is in, but also get to know what we can do together to turn the development in a positive direction.

BSSC has been financed by BalticSea2020 and the foundation's founder Björn Carlson with the support of Skansen. The content of the Baltic Sea Centre has been developed in close collaboration with researchers from Stockholm University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Read more about the project on our homepage.
For more information on the aquarium, the exhibition and opening hours, please visit Skansen´s hompage.

All images from the BSSC in this article are taken by BalticSea2020.