Museo Alborania - Aula del Mar
By Morwenna Francis
Museo Alborania (Maritime Museum) or Aula del Mar (Classroom of the sea) is a museum and research centre aimed at educating visitors about ecotourism using touch screens, marine artefacts and real-life marine species.
It is located in a modern building alongside the Malaga Port on the Avenida Manuel Agustin Heredia
The museum is comprised of two areas:
Aquarium & Exhibition
The aquarium, which is a reproduction of the natural habitat of over 500 marine animals, divided into some 100 species which visitors can observe.
In the exhibition area visitors will find a room dedicated to underwater sea life and the flora and fauna of the coast; the Shark and Ray Room; the Invertebrates room exhibiting invertebrate species of the Alboran Sea, and the Man and the Sea room displaying a fishing boat and navigation instruments.
Meet turtles recovering from illness in the Turtle Patio, where they are being kept prior to their return to the sea, and find other sea species in the Aquarium Room, which have been collected by the museum and local fishermen.
For those that don't like to get as up-close-and-personal with the creatures, there is a screening room which shows videos of different marine species in their natural habitat.
Research, workshop and classroom area on the upper level. Visitors will find a laboratory, library and teaching rooms used for school groups, workshops and classes.
The centre offers three different programmes for visitors.
The first is an audiovisual presentation on all types of marine life around Málaga and a guided tour of the museum, the aquarium and the turtle sanctuary, and lasts for approximately one and a half hours.
The second programme offers the same as the first but with an added tour of the bay of Málaga in a boat for fish spotting. The full programme lasts roughly five hours.
The third programme, as the first but includes the opportunity to observe various experiments in an oceanography laboratory and to feed and care for the turtles in the turtle sanctuary. It lasts around four hours.
The museum also has a Marine Club and offers courses on aquaculture and the environment.
Children,OAPs and the unemployed: 5 Euros
Adults: 7 Euros
Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children): 20 Euros
Open every day of the week
Summer (16 June - 14 September): 10.30 - 14.30 & 16.30 - 20.30
Winter (15 September - 15 June): 10.30 - 14.30 & 16.30 - 18.30
Closed: 25 December, 1 & 6 January
Palmeral de las Sorpresas
Muelle 2 - PUERTO DE MÁLAGA
Tel: +34 952 22 92 87
Fax: +34 952 22 03 88
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