The BLUEHOUSE HELGOLAND will be operated by the Alfred Wegener Institute, with support from the Municipality of Helgoland. But before that can happen, there’s still plenty of work to do for everyone involved: using the same location, the new exhibition will replace the Helgoland Aquarium, which had to be closed in late 2014 due to its state of disrepair. Renovations on the old building are slated for this spring.
Though the exhibition isn’t expected to open until 2024, the exhibition concept is already in place: the tour will cover four themes, starting with a surprise effect in the area “The North Sea is Formed”: visitors find themselves 8,000 years in the past and standing on dry land. Next, in the area “Underwater Exploration” a massive 80,000-litre aquarium showcases Helgoland’s underwater world. The journey continues one storey higher, in the area “Research in the Rocky Tidal Flats”. In impressive light projections, low and high tide are simulated, offering visitors a virtual foray into Helgoland’s unique rocky tidal flats. Thanks to a range of interactive exhibits, they can also do some experimenting of their own. Lastly, the area “Recognising the Future” shows how research institutes are working together to find solutions to the problems caused by climate change. The exhibition languages include not only German and English, but also the island’s own dialect, Helgolandic (Halunder).