First Marine Science Gallery at Galway City Museum Officially Opened
Science - the Wild Atlantic exhibition is Irelands first
sea science gallery to have audio and visual displays accessible
in both English and as Gaeilge. The interactive exhibition spans
a variety of topics including the nature of how tides operate, multi-beam
mapping, deep sea exploration and marine life along the seashore.
The basic principles of marine science are communicated in a fun
and engaging way, using a combination of digital interactive touchscreens,
hands-on-exhibits, holograms and high-definition video footage.
Kelly explores Ireland's first marine science gallery "Sea
Science - the Wild Atlantic" at Galway City Museum
Creed said, Im delighted to officially open Irelands
first marine science gallery at Galway City Museum, an exhibition
that both strengthens our maritime identity and raises awareness
about our oceans.
an island nation like Ireland, the sea has particular importance
to our history and culture, as well as supporting a diverse marine
economy. Our ocean is a valuable source of food, a gateway for shipping
and means of transport, as well as supporting diverse ecosystems.
For many of Irelands coastal communities, our ocean also offers
tourism and leisure opportunities which contribute to our health
ocean is indeed a vital resource, and it is imperative to cultivate
an interest in our oceans from a young age. This Sea Science
- the Wild Atlantic exhibition will educate our younger population
and the general public, about the value and opportunities provided
by our sea. Through both English and Irish interactive displays,
future generations will be encouraged to explore, protect, manage
and sustainably develop our national resource.
Dorney explores Ireland' s
first sea science gallery "Sea Science - the Wild Atlantic"
with Minister Creed and Vera Quinlan Marine
Institute at Galway City Museum during its official launch
Peter Heffernan CEO of the Marine Institute said, Ireland
has a rich maritime heritage, from a seafaring history to researching
and preserving our marine environment. Our ocean is a national asset
and a key aspect of Irelands marine plan Harnessing Our Ocean
Wealth is to ensure our marine resource generates social, cultural
and economic benefits for all our citizens.
realise Irelands marine potential, its incredibly important
to have an ocean literate society a population that has a
strong understanding of the marine environment and how it impacts
our everyday lives.
understand the value of our oceans, citizens need to engage with
the marine environment from a young age. This exhibition provides
a stimulating learning environment for children to discover the
mysteries and science of our oceans, and to also inspire our next
generation of marine entrepreneurs, explorers and scientists,
Dr Heffernan said.
installation of this permanent Sea Science - the Wild Atlantic
exhibition at Galway City Museum will enable children, school groups
and all members of the public to engage with the ocean year-round.
well as officially opening Sea Science - the Wild Atlantic
exhibition, Minister Creed officially launched SeaFest 2017, Irelands
national maritime festival. SeaFest 2017, one of Irelands
most popular summer festivals, will attract thousands of visitors
to Galway Harbour from Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July. The
three day festival will include a host of family friendly attractions
and entertainment that celebrates the sea, including Sea Science
- the Wild Atlantic exhibition.
Science - the Wild Atlantic is a free exhibition and is a
partnership between the Marine Institute and Galway City Museum.