Add some adventure to your usual travel plans with these Underwater Museums from around the world and explore archaeological ruins as well as contemporary art there!
1. Underwater Archaeological Park of Baia
Addess: Via Lucullo, 94, 80070 Bacoli NA, Italy
The underwater archaeological park of Baia counts 5 main scuba diving sites: “Portus Julius”, “Secca delle fumose”, “Ninfeo di Claudio”, “Villa dei Pisoni” and “Villa a Protiro”. However, make sure you can scuba dive in priority at “Ninfeo di Claudio” and “Villa a Protiro”: “Ninfeo di Claudio”: you can admire a paved road of almost 200 m, steam baths foundations and the beautiful statues of the nymphaeum where the Emperor Claudius used to relax. “Villa a Protiro”: For most local divers it is the highlight of the underwater archaeological park of Baia. This ancient Roman villa had a courtyard with a large black and white geometrical mosaic floor. The original mosaic is still there, in perfect condition. Before you can see it, your divemaster will spend some time to gently push away the black sand to reveal it.
2. Cancún Underwater Museum
Address: Blvd. Kukulcan km 13, Zona Hotelera, 77500 Cancún, Q.R., Mexico
The Cancún Underwater Museum is a non-profit organization based in Cancún, Mexico dedicated to the art of conservation. The museum has a total of 500 sculptures, most by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and the rest by five Mexican sculptors, with three different galleries submerged between three and six meters (9.8 and 19.6 feet) deep in the ocean at the Cancun National Marine Park. The museum was envisioned by Marine Park Director Jaime Gonzalez Canto and Jason deCaires Taylor, with the aim of saving nearby coral reefs by providing an alternative destination for divers. It started in 2009 and officially opened in November 2010.
3. Museo Atlántico Lanzarote
Address: Lanzarote, 1, 35580, Playa Blanca, Las Palmas, Spain
The Museo Atlantico is an underwater museum in Lanzarote that was created by Jason, aiming to create a strong visual dialogue between art and nature. Throughout the design process conservation was at the front of his mind. For this reason he wanted to create an artificial reef on a large scale. Since the first sculptures were installed in March 2016 the marine life has increased in diversity by over 200%! The underwater museum in Lanzarote is now home to large shoals of barracuda, sardines and axillary seabream. Now there are regular sightings of angel sharks, rays and triggerfish. Along with octopus and moray eels which can be found living inside the sculptures.
4. Underwater Museum at Cape Tarkhankut
About a hundred meters off the coast at Cape Tarhankut, the westernmost part of Crimea, at a depth of a ten to twelve meters is a unique museum of sculptures. The underwater museum has around 50 sculptures and busts of former Soviet leaders including Lenin, Stalin, and Marx, as well as replicas of some of the world’s iconic attraction such as the Eiffel Tower of Paris and London’s Tower Bridge. The museum, so called the “Alley of Leaders”, was created in 1992 by scuba diver Vladimir Broumenskyy, a native of Donetsk. The Soviet Union had just collapsed and there was an excess of broken statues and busts of communist leaders that the eclectic crowds had pulled down from their pedestals.The underwater museum has been growing ever since with new exhibits, and being located at an already popular scuba diving site, the museum has never complained about lack of visitors.