Home / The renovation of the new Maritime Museum and Aquarium is complete: opens December 2022
17 March 2022

The Maritime Museum closed in September 2018 for renovation and extension. The work started in January 2020 after the museum was evacuated. Just over two years later, the construction project has now been completed and the park restored with new exciting changes. The date for the grand opening has now been set and the museum will reopen to the public on December 10, 2022.

Visitors will meet a brand new Maritime Museum and Aquarium underground. The new aquarium building is 1100 square meters and contains about 15 aquariums. The largest aquarium holds 400,000 liters of water and a living coral reef.

Intensive construction work

5,000 tonnes of rock have been blasted away, giant aquarium windows have been installed and a completely new entrance has taken shape after two years of intensive work by Higab. The wire sawing was required in order not to risk damage to the old museum building or to the facility located in the rock. The builders can now return the new Maritime Museum and Aquarium to the museum staff and aquarium fishes.

– It is not every day we build an aquarium underground. It has been exciting with such an incredibly technically complicated project, says Higab’s project manager Henrik Witt.

Another challenge they encountered was when the largest aquarium windows were to be installed. There are not many manufacturers of windows in that size in the world, the largest one got shipped across the Atlantic from the USA and lifted on site with a crane.

– It was a few sweaty minutes before we saw that it fit exactly in the window hole. An aquarium window must of course be seated so that it closes completely tightly, says Henrik Witt.

New entrance towards the street Karl Johansgatan

The Maritime Museum and Aquarium has a new entrance towards the street Karl Johansgatan. The entrance is decorated with decorative plates in a wave pattern that also reappears inside the museum’s interior. The large arches towards the park have previously been walled up, they have now been opened up and given arched glass panes. This gives a much brighter museum building. Visitors will be able to have coffee in the new café, which will have its own outdoor restaurant facing south. This summer, the park will also get decorated with a new work of art and larger green areas.

Picture: GAJD arkitekter
A visionary picture of the new Maritime Museum and Aquarium.

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