Unseen Oceans

POSTED: 11/09/2022

Unseen Oceans Opens Nov. 18 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Jamie Winter
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Traveling exhibition showcases the stunning biodiversity from the ocean’s surface to its greatest depths

DENVER—The Denver Museum of Nature & Science welcomes “Unseen Oceans,” which launches you into a journey from the oceans’ sunlit surfaces to their inky depths as they discover the latest ocean science and encounter the researchers and technologies that are revealing our blue planet as never before. This special exhibition opens on Nov. 18 and will be on display through April 9, 2023.

“We are losing biodiversity. Much of life on Earth lies in its oceans. It is good for people to be aware of the incredible biodiversity that exists in this underexplored region,” said Museum Senior Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Paula Cushing. “New species of marine organisms are being described every year thanks to the work of some of the scientists whose work forms the basis of this amazing exhibition.”

In “Unseen Oceans,” you will explore a series of media-rich galleries showcasing a range of marine environments and introducing the scientists who are using cutting-edge research tools and developing new methods to explore the oceans. How do blue whales spend their day? High-tech, removable tags on their backs provide the answer. What’s going on in the deep waters surrounding Hawai`i? Hint: Advanced sonar reveals a new island is set to emerge—in more than 100,000 years. How can we identify the best locations for marine protected areas? Fleets of small autonomous robots may offer important clues. “Unseen Oceans” offers answers to these exciting questions and highlights other lines of inquiry that ocean researchers have only recently uncovered.

“Unseen Oceans” is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org), and is curated by John Sparks, curator in the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Ichthyology in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology.

Media Preview
Reporters on assignment are invited to schedule preview tours Nov. 14-17 by contacting [email protected]. For more information, photos and videos, visit the online press kit.

Complimentary Passes for the Media and their Families
Available opening weekend, Nov. 18-20 by contacting [email protected].


About the Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region’s leading resource for informal science education. Our mission is to be a catalyst and ignite the community’s passion for nature and science. The Museum envisions an empowered community that loves, understands and protects our natural world. A variety of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum visitors celebrate and understand the wonders of Colorado, Earth and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum, visit dmns.org or call 303.370.6000. Many of the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits are made possible in part by the citizens of the seven-county metro area through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Connect with the Museum on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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