Regarded as a beautiful coastal city with numerous stunning beaches, amusement parks and a diversity of seafood delicacies, Nha Trang is the number one choice for many visitors. Of the Vietnamese tourist destinations in Nha Trang, you should not miss the largest site that keeps a number of marine objects in Southeast Asia – Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam.
Some features of Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam
Museum of Oceanography is located at No.1, Cau Da street, Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province. This museum was built in 1923 in the French colonial period. From December 1969, the management transferred to the University of Saigon. The museum has an area of about 20 hectares and is located near deep waters, which is convenient for conducting studies of marine organisms here.
The Institute of Oceanography is one of the earliest scientific research centers in Vietnam and is considered to be the largest foundation of marine objects and research in Southeast Asia.
The Museum of Oceanography became famous in the 1930s. At present, the Museum of Oceanography is being upgraded and expanded to become an uninterrupted population including aquariums that meet the demand for research, tourism and community education. Further, the museum is also expected to become the largest system for collecting samples of marine organisms in Vietnam. Many of the samples have been sent to different laboratories in other countries and various museums around the world.
Museum of Oceanography
Visiting the Institute, visitors can watch the Marine Animal Museum, where in addition to live specimens in the glass tank, over 20,000 specimens of more than 4,000 types of marine and freshwater creatures have been collected and preserved for many years. The symbol of Institute of Oceanography is Red lionfish, which is an extremely poisonous fish.
Coming to the museum, besides admiring the beauty of hundreds of tropical marine organisms, you can also learn more about the life of over 10,000 species of creatures in the South China Sea. The set of marine specimens includes the species that exist in the waters of Vietnam, Cambodia and adjacent waters, and even endangered marine species. Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam is really a valuable natural history relic.
Moreover, the museum introduces the natural features of the South China Sea, precious minerals and resources, coastal landscapes, rich ecosystems such as mangroves, coral reefs and seagrasses. This display is aimed at reminding us to protect natural landscape for the interests of descendants.
The large specimen gallery is a highlight of the Institute of Oceanography. This place is home to a giant whale skeleton which is up to 26 meters long, 3 meters high and has 48 vertebrae fully restored regardless of having been buried underground for 200 years. Besides, you can easily find out other skeletons such as sea cow that is in danger of extinction or giant oceanic manta ray that weighs nearly 1 ton.
Institute of Oceanography becomes a treasure of rare marine animals in Vietnam. Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam is also an ideal destination for those who love the discovery and the study the oceanic world.