The first of its kind eco-museum in Bulgaria will open its doors in Ruse in September. Realistic mammoth and a huge aquarium are among the most interesting exhibits, but the museum promises many more interesting places for children and adults. And more importantly – promises to tell stories that are true.
The eco-museum is different from the traditional museums we know. It presents the connections between all living organisms on the territory of Bulgaria – plants, animals and man. In each theme in the museum there will be human presence, says Ventseslav Petkov, curator in “Nature” section at the Regional History Museum in Ruse. “People think that ecology is connected only with pollution, but it is also a science dealing with the relationship between living organisms in nature. More than 250,000 years ago man intervened in the ecosystem for the first time – then it was simpler, but now this intervention is in dangerous amounts”.
The museum will have four levels and it will present scenes and stories from the life of plants, animals and humans using the most modern methods.
On the underground level can be visited the largest freshwater aquarium for wild fish in Bulgaria. The capacity is 65 tons. It is divided into seven pools. The visitors will be able to see fish from the Danube and other rivers.
On the next level in several rooms the visitors will be able to see interesting dioramas.
The diorama represents a piece of nature that is transferred into the museum. In this case it will represent animals, earth, leaves, which will take the visitors into a journey straight into the forest, without the feeling that they are behind the windows of a museum.
Special attention is given to prehistoric animals (Ruse’s museum has one of the richest collections of fossil and mammals). And if you thought that you will never meet Manny from “Ice Age”, think again. In the eco-museum in Ruse will “lives” realistic mammoth (hairy mammoth). It will be just like a real one– with fur, real- size, his eyes are special order from abroad.
Here you can see the world’s only preserved bone from another species mammoth – Mammuthus romanus.
In another room you will enjoy the most characteristic habitat along the Danube – wet lands. The museum will also have a diorama with nocturnal raptors, with diurnal raptors, a huge diorama with wild mammals. The visitors can enter in a special shelter for animal observation. Inside you can look through binoculars that instead of deer diorama will show a video, telling story about them. The nature will literally come to life before the eyes of the visitors!
Each diorama has its own story. One is a winter scene with wild boar and other- wild cats are fighting over something.
Near Ruse is the second longest cave in Bulgaria (Orlova Chuka), so the theme of the caves will also be presented in the eco-museum. There will be a reconstruction of the cave, 3.5 meters high and over 10 meters long. Inside there will be sounds from the cave and a film about the bats will be projected.
It is expected that the opening of the eco-museum will be at the end of September 2014. The eco-museum is located in the building on the left of the Historical Museum in Ruse.
Translator: Kristiyana Ognyanova, intern
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