PHOTO: A polar museum opens in France. (Photo via Flickr/Christopher Michel)
Unless it’s near the Fortress of Solitude, it’s hard to command an audience in polar regions. Thankfully, the world’s first permanent polar museum has opened in a warmer climate.
AFP reports on Espace Des Mondes Polaires, which opened recently in Premanon, France.
The museum is dedicated to nurturing conservation in the community with an immersive experience highlighting the beauty of the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
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Yes, there is even an ice rink – quite possibly the most apropos rink in the entire world.
As for the exhibits, the museum’s website states each is “organized around major themes such as polar ecosystems, polar cold and night, Arctic peoples, discoveries and scientific research in Antarctica.”
As the AFP notes, the museum is the passion project of the now deceased Jean-Christophe Victor who was the son of French explorer Paul-Emile Victor. The report quotes the younger Victor who once offered the museum would help others, “feel the beauty of these polar landscapes and lights, of the disproportion of man in relation to the nature which surrounds him.”
The hope is to one day have about 50,000 to 70,000 visitors come to the museum per year, enjoying the sights, and even sounds, of the polar regions.
The report and museum remind, the world’s ecosystem is as fragile as ever, and it’s these special portions of the planet that are feeling the grave effects of climate change.
Hopefully, landmarks such as these can help stave off apathy over a very important subject.