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Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss

April 2–July 24, 2022

extreme deep - black submarine diving into blue ocean with turquoise light

extreme deep - black submarine diving into blue ocean with turquoise light

Explore the mysteries of the deep sea, encounter recently discovered creatures and experience the technology that allows scientists to travel to the bottom of the ocean in Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss. See bubbling thermal vents, compact research submersibles and shipwrecks including Titanic in this adventure. Learn about the geological forces deep within the earth and how superheated water erupting from deep vents supports life. Fly a remotely operated vehicle over a model of the Titanic’s deck, manipulate the robotic arm of a deep-ocean submersible and arrange an underwater ecosystem. The sun doesn’t penetrate the water at these depths, yet seafloor inhabitants thrive in total darkness thanks to a unique life support system. Extreme Deep reveals the secrets of the ocean and enriches our understanding of and connection to it. 

Read our Explore the Mysteries of the Deepest Oceans blog post to learn even more about the Extreme Deep exhibit.

This exhibit was developed in collaboration with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 

All exhibits are included with the purchase of a general admission ticket.

Members receive free admission to Extreme Deep. Not a member? Join now!
Current members, check out the Members’ Guide for more information about your admission benefits.

Photos of Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss

entrance to extreme deep exhibit with underwater looking rocks and blue light

young boy in grey shirt stands next to interactive with submarine on it

three girls examine tv monitor with underwater video

two girls stand next to deep see dwelling exhibit with fish

fish specimens preserved in glass jars with alcohol