Danube Delta Ecotourism Museum Center, Tulcea

The Danube Delta Ecotourism Museum Center or the Tulcea Aquarium, but not only that

Where is it? When to visit it? How much does it costs? What to visit?

Ecotourism Museum Center “Danube Delta”, long and pompous name, in short Acvariul din Tulcea, only that this last name does not correctly cover the theme of the museum, it is located in Tulcea, str. 14 Noiembrie, no. 1, postal code 820009. In the intersection with 5 streets, where 14 Noiembrie and Gloriei str. converge, which descends from the Heroes’ Monument, the viewpoint of the city, you can find some free parking spaces.

It is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 9 am and 5 pm, last entry at 4 pm. Entrance costs 20 lei full price, for pensioners 10 lei, and for children, students 5 lei. The museum presents the fauna of the Danube Delta and the Black Sea, but not only.

Likes

We liked this museum visited on the last day before its temporary closure for renovation works. I positively noted the fact that at the time of our visit we also met several dozen other tourists, many with children. It is a well structured and educational museum.

About the museum

On their website it is written that the museum is the result of the collaboration between the County Council and the “Gavrilă Simion” Eco-Museum Research Institute, both from Tulcea. It was inaugurated and opened in 2009. Gavrila Simion, whose bust is located in front of the museum, is a teacher from Tulcea and archaeologist, founder of the museographic school in Bessarabia. The museum has a permanent exhibition that presents Dobrogean fauna and flora, a public aquarium and temporary exhibitions. We know over 100 species of plants, reptiles, birds, mammals presented either in their natural environment, in the case of the aquarium, or in suggestive dioramas. The species that are declared monuments of nature, protected and even extinct, as well as some new entrants to the Danube Delta ecosystem, are also nominated. The aquarium stores a volume of water of 150 tons. I knew it as the largest aquarium in Romania, but it probably no longer holds this record. Here we find 24 species of indigenous fish, 23 species of reef fish, invertebrates and corals. For a short distance, the visiting route passes through a tunnel, which gives you the feeling that you are really in the marine world with the fish.

1. Welcome!

We photograph the building of the “Danube Delta” Ecotourism Museum Center and the bust of Gavrila Simion.

Gavrilă Simion

The aquarium from Tulcea

2. The space at the entrance to the museum

We notice some paintings and drawings on the ground floor.

picture

The Danube basin

3. The aquarium

We were going down to the basement to the aquarium. The first to come our way are the reef animals, then the cultured carp, fish from tropical rivers, fish from lakes and ponds. Then we cross the tunnel where we see sturgeons and other fish swimming around us. We continue to tropical fish and reef animals. When leaving the level dedicated to the aquarium, we greet the turtles.

Reef shark

Cultured carp

Fish from tropical rivers

Fish from lakes

Sturgeons and other fish

Fish from lakes

snake

tropical fish

tropical fish

reef animals

reef animals

tortoise

4. The Danube Delta

We are entering the Danube Delta. This sector of the museum is located on the ground floor. We looked up to admire a pelican before taking us to the corner with interesting information about the genesis and evolution of the Danube Delta, which at its beginnings was … Tulcea Bay. In an exhibition system, archaeological discoveries from the Danube Delta area are presented, together with the stages of the Danube Delta’s habitation, from the earliest times. We also learn about the Danube Delta in historical documents. The most attractive corner for children, on this floor, is the presentation of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. Here we find several very successful dioramas that reproduce the habitat; where delta animals and birds live. A wasp’s nest is also found on the visitor’s path. A separate diorama shows the Razim-Sinoe Lagoon Complex.

pelican

The Danube Delta

The Danube Delta

Discoveries from the Danube Delta

inhabiting the Danube Delta

Documents about the Danube Delta

Documents about the Danube Delta

Pelican

Danube Delta diorama

Danube Delta diorama

wasp's nest

Razim Sinoe diorama

5. The exhibition

We go up to the 1st floor, to the Exhibition. We learned about the Macinului Mountains Natural Park and about the Ponto-Sarmatic steppe. The Dobrogean Forest has a separate presentation. In the area of ​​temporary exhibitions we see birds from other corners of the world. There is no shortage of activities for the people of the delta. Of particular interest is the information about pearls. We took one last look from upstairs towards the aquarium.

Măcin Mountains

Măcin Mountains

Dobrogean forest

birds from all over the world

birds from all over the world

birds from all over the world

birds from all over the world

Residents' activities

Residents' activities

Residents' activities

Residents' activities

pearls

shells

pearl

pearl

View of the aquarium

Goodbye!

Before we say “Goodbye” to the “Danube Delta” Ecotourism Museum Center, let us say that it is a great museum for adults and children.

Other information

The museum presents other information on the website

Centrul Muzeal Eco-Turistic Delta Dunării

All the best!

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