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Crown Princess Victoria opens Baltic Sea Science Center

Yesterday Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden opened the Baltic Sea Science Centre in Stockholm’s Skansen Museum where she was welcomed by Anna Björn, Head of Unit at Skansen’s Zoological Department and the Baltic Sea Science Center.

The day began with a tour starting in the brewery aquarium, the pike aquarium, the predatory aquarium, the cylinder aquarium and the habitat aquariums.

Next on the agenda was the exhibit “Land og hav” which shows the dependence of man and sea on one another.

Her tour concluded in a lab where she spoke to high school students about what they had learned during their visit to the new centre.

Her Royal Highness then participated in the opening ceremony on the terrace where she said, “This knowledge centre is about the Baltic Sea; about life under the surface of our unique inland sea. But basically, it is just as much about ourselves: about our history, our future and our responsibility for an environment that we are completely dependent on. Just as we are dependent on the Baltic Sea, the Baltic Sea is dependent on us.”

She added that “the Baltic Sea Science Center can play an important role: helping us understand the unique environment that the Baltic Sea is. But also to show, concrete, what we can do to be afraid of it.”

The Crown Princess then opened the doors of the centre with Björn Carlsson.

The Baltic Sea Center contains laboratories, aquariums, exhibit areas, and classrooms.

The museum has said about the centre on their website, “The exhibitions will be created by a special knowledge council consisting of representatives from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Stockholm University, the BalticSea2020 Foundation and Skansen.”

Children under the age of three get in free, and they are open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  You can read more about it (in English) here.

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