Back in 1989, a movie titled The Abyss captured the minds of the entire country and inspired many curious young people to consider exploring the depths of the ocean floor.

The movie was livened up with a story line involving an old Russian warhead, but at the root of the film was the idea that we had a lot to learn about the deepest underwater depths that made up the last great frontier here on Earth.Extreme Deep, Mission to the Abyss, Delaware Museum of Natural History

Of course, technology has improved greatly in the 27 years since The Abyss was released. In that time, many of those young minds that were inspired by curiosity have put new technologies to use exploring those extremely deep regions of our planet.

All of that technology, and its findings, will be on display this summer at the Delaware Museum of Natural History.

Extreme Deep, Mission to the Abyss

Starting on June 18 and running through September 5, the special exhibit at the museum will pay tribute to all of the technology that has led to advancing our understanding of the abyss that lies underneath our oceans. Whether you are someone who remembers being fascinated by the movie almost 30 years ago, or someone who is just curious about what lies beneath the surface, this is going to be a fascinating exhibit.

As visitors move through different parts of this exciting exhibit, they will learn all about many the different aspects of the ocean floor ecosystem. This includes pieces of biology, chemistry, geology, and even history.

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One of the most popular parts of this exhibit will be a simulator that will let visitors experience what it is like to dive to the bottom of the ocean floor using all of today’s best technology. Imagine the feeling of climbing into your own diving sphere and plunging to the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean floor.

Visitors using the simulator will be able to utilize technology to swim around a model of the Titanic, and use an external robotic arm to retrieve various artifacts. This will be a challenge that is both fun and educational.

Deep See Geology & Creatures of Darkness

In addition to the simulator experience, there will also be lots of information and examples of some of the natural phenomenons that happen at these deep depths.

For instance, you will learn about hydrothermal vents known as “black smokers” and what types of mineral streams they release into the ocean.Delaware Museum of Natural History, Exterior, Night

There will also be information about all of the interesting life forms that make their homes in the total darkness of these deep waters. You will be introduced to everything from deep-sea shrimp and crabs to five-foot-long tube worms and squat lobsters.

Visiting the Museum

The Delaware Museum of Natural History is located just five miles northwest of downtown Wilmington at 4840 Kennett Pike Rd. If you are coming from Wilmington, it will be on the left side of the road right after you pass the Wilmington Country Club which is on the right side of the road.

The museum is open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm every Monday through Thursday, and then from 12 pm to 4:30 pm on Sundays. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $7 for children.  

While Mission to the Abyss exhibit won’t have the excitement of a nuclear warhead like the movie did, there is more than enough fascinating technology and educational information to make this one of the most enjoyable experiences of the summer.

See you at the museum!