At the Sea Monsters family exhibition (from age 4), you get to discover the worlds of six water creatures. You will be taking an in-depth look at Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, meet Kraken the mega-octopus, a giant crab and mermaids. And then there is the huge turtle, so big it was believed to be an island. And there is even the whale that swallowed Jonah. Figments of your imagination? Or could they really exist?

Alongside these monsters, real animals also claim their rightful place as part of this exhibition, courtesy of our association with the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam. You will find yourself comparing your arm with the tentacles of a giant octopus and seeing a whale’s willy at very close range.

Will you discover if they really exist?

Tall tales about sea monsters go back many centuries. Back in the olden days, seafarers would travel the waves for months on end in harsh conditions. So it wouldn’t have been completely out of the ordinary to mistake a seal on a sandbank for a mermaid from a distance. In the Middle Ages, people genuinely believed that sea monsters actually existed. Which explains why they can be seen depicted in old nautical charts, of which this exhibition has a number of special specimen.

Our fascination with the creatures of the deep continues to this very day. If scientists discover an animal miles below the sea surface or people spot a peculiar shadow somewhere, we are intrigued. Sea Monsters is an expo for families with children from age 4, in which nothing is what it seems.

Sea Monsters runs until 31 September 2021.