UNESCO Underwater Museum
The creation of an “Underwater Museum” is a project with a conception and elaboration that goes back to 2013. However, it is actually the 2017 discovery of a presently immerged permanent settlement site that has kick-started the project concretization. For the first time, all required conditions from all viewpoints -be it technical, logistical, administrative, geographic and historical- were met to implement this project focusing on an exceptional archaeological site located off the shoreline of the community of Ojelaya (Municipality of Tikina).
The project is currently executed by the Belgian Architecture Bureau IDDA (http://idda.be/) in collaboration with the Head of the excavations project, and receives the support from the UNESCO.
Besides its peculiarity of being an « Underwater Museum of Archaeology » and no “Museum of Underwater Archaeology”, this future museum shall in fact be polyvalent and multidisciplinary and shall house in the same building complex:
- The museum as such (exhibition rooms, repositories, workshops, etc.)
- The center of management and conservation of the Lake Heritage (offices, etc.)
- A center of touristic promotion (agency, reception center, etc,)
- A center of scientific research and training (laboratory, auditorium, etc.)
- A leisure boating center (cafeteria, open air area, water-related activities, etc.)
- A center of in-situ experimental archaeology (monitoring of the archaeological site)
- An underwater archaeological studying site “below the museum”
The intention is to have reunite on the same place all stakeholders, all required equipment and infrastructures for the study of the site but also for the management, protection and promotion of the natural and cultural heritage of the Lake basin.