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Museo del Mar

Museo del Mar
El Museo del Mar was inaugurated on October 12, 1984 at the old airport in of Cumana city, it was opened until 1997, in this year it closes its doors and stops all the exhibitions of their collections due to various factors among them we can mention the rupture of the fish aquarium because of the earthquake that hit the city this years. The year 2005 was proposed its relocation, 13 years after it stopped to provide its services.

The museum was inaugurated again on March 17, 2005 through the support and effort of two of its founders, Dr. Julio E. R. Perez and the professor José Luís Naveira, both members of the board of directors of "Fundaocéano", as well as the collaboration of Dr. Pedro Mago Herminson, Rector of the "Universidad de Oriente".

The museum annually receives about five thousand visitors; it exhibits a diverse collection of marine mammals, whales, reptiles, turtles, fishes, molluscs, crustaceans, corals, etc. It also preserves a range of boat models, antique diving-suits, which were used by diver in order to extract pearls, and even miniature replicas of important boats.

Within its extensive collection, it preserves as its centerpiece the coelacanth, a living fossil fish that existed more than 400 million years ago. Your visitors are impressed by the beauty and magnitude of this skeleton. Additionally, you can admire an interesting mini-submarine that belonged to the General Marcos Perez Jimenez.

The museum also has a conference room with modern technical equipment, a marine aquarium room, also offers an interesting program for students in higher and diversified education, as well as the program: "El Museo del Mar as a classroom teaching tool" that is orientated to educational units through guided tours.

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