The MEERESMUSEUM will be extensively modernised for the first time in 45 years. Preparations for the renovations are on-going. The plans include floor-to-ceiling exhibits, marine animal displays, a large aquarium with a reef, a digital globe highlighting topics related to oceanography, and a new design for the main foyer. The aquariums in the historic vaulted cellar of the monastery will be restructured to provide visitors the opportunity to travel through the warm seas of our planet. Visitor favourites such as Marlene, the leatherback sea turtle, and the fin whale skeleton suspended in the former choir of the main hall will continue to be on view after the modernisation. The sea turtles will also continue to fascinate visitors while feeding and swimming in their 350,000 liter aquarium.