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The Ground-breaking Ceremony for the Baltic Sea Centre at Skansen

Today, Wednesday, November 16, work began on the Baltic Sea Centre at Skansen. BalticSea2020’s founder and chairman Björn Carlson was on the spot to turn the first spade and begin the construction of this world-class knowledge centre.

An information centre about the Baltic Sea. Illustration: Kawa.

In early 2015, BalticSea2020 entered into a collaborative venture with Skansen with a goal of building a unique knowledge centre about the Baltic Sea. Its aim is to increase public awareness of the Baltic Sea as well as offer a place for school students where they can learn more about the inland sea, and see what conditions are in existence for its having cleaner water. After almost two years of planning and preparations, the first spade has now been turned and construction of the building has begun.

What will the Baltic Sea Centre be offering?
The Baltic Sea Centre will comprise exhibitions, aquaria, lecture halls and laboratories. Visitors will come face to face with an amazing and unique marine environment, but they will also be confronted by the Baltic Sea’s current problem areas. Every part of the centre will emphasise four major environmental challenges – eutrophication, overfishing, pollution and depletion of diversity. In addition, current research and future solutions will be presented.

In three large aquaria, the visitor gets to meet fish such as cod, turbot, sea trout and lumpfish as well as
different types of plant life, and has the opportunity to learn more about the marine environment. Illustration: Kawa.

In the aquatic section, visitors see what it looks likes beneath the surface. In three large aquaria, they meet fish such as cod, turbot, sea trout and lumpfish as well as different types of plant life, and have the opportunity to learn more about the marine environment. The air-conditioned exhibition hall contains displays showing the impact of human activities along the beaches and coastal areas in the Baltic Sea region. A map of the region indicates the catchment basin, difference in salinity, species distributions, population centres, agricultural areas, etc., and shows the effects of these on the Baltic Sea. In the so-called Future House, visitors will be informed about how people’s everyday choices have an impact on how the sea will develop in the future.

In the educational rooms (lecture halls), which are primarily targeted at secondary and high school students, there will be space for teaching using classroom and laboratory – a place for the next generation to create conditions for a cleaner sea. Adjacent to the room will be a general information area and a cinematek where BalticSea2020 films and other material will be on display.
The contents of the Baltic Sea Centre are being developed in close collaboration with researchers from two of Sweden's top universities – Stockholm University (SU) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). The building will be located between the Skansen Aquarium and the Galejan amusement area. Construction will commence during the autumn of 2016 and the centre expected to be ready to receive visitors in the autumn of 2018.

BalticSea2020 is very happy and proud of the collaboration with Skansen and is looking forward to a place where everyone can go to learn more about the unique environment of the Baltic Sea and to find out what together we can do to reverse the trend in the Baltic Sea in a positive direction.

The main sponsor of the knowledge centre about the Baltic Sea is BalticSea2020, supported by Skansen.

Click here for more information about the knowledge centre about the Baltic Sea.