University Museum of Bergen

Deeper than Light at the Smithsonian

The Bergen Museum “Deeper than Light” exhibit opens in the ‘Ocean hall’ of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington DC on February 20th.


The exhibition will be displayed at the Smithsonian for three months, from February 20th to May 23rd 2010.

Having toured European venues for two years, the exhibit invites the visitors to experience the unknown world and discoveries from the deep sea by presenting deep sea animals, art, images, films, models and interactive displays.

New information on mid-ocean biodiversity

The exhibition is a result of the international MAR-ECO project 2001-2010 studying marine life along the mid-Atlantic Ridge. In 2004 the project conducted a two-month expedition to the mid-Atlantic on the RV G.O.Sars, and several other cruises followed, including a 2009 US voyage on FRV Henry Bigelow.  MAR-ECO contributed significant new information on mid-ocean biodiversity and won European and Norwegian awards for its original and extensive public outreach activity combining science, technology, and art.  MAR-ECO is an element of the 10-year global research programme Census of Marine Life concluding in 2010.

US- Norway collaboration

In connenction with the exhibition there will be a roundtable discussion on Thursday February 18th: Collaboration in Ocean Sciences – importance of US-Norway and international networks, This seminar will be held for invited participants at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington.

Read more about the exhibiton on Bergen Museum exhibition presentation and on the MARECO web site