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First Polar Museum In The World Is Now Officially Opened In France

Mar 13, 2017 08:23 PM EDT

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Polar Bear in Arctic
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As global warming changing the shape of the world, it’s highly effecting on the Polar regions of the earth. Maybe some day it will vanish and the polar animal species will be extinct. Experiencing the beauty of snow world is everyone’s fantasy, but future generation may not be able to enjoy the beauty.

To gift the future generation the experience of snow world, Anthropologist Jean-Christophe Victor took an intellectual step. He has opened a polar museum because a museums are one of the best ways to create awareness and spread the knowledge. According to Scroll Today, this museum is the first permanent museum in the World which represents both Arctic and Antarctic environment.

Anthropologist Jean-Christophe Victor founded the museum with the help of Naturalist Stephane Niveau. It is a jutting iceberg shaped structure and It’s been named as “Espace des Mondes Polaires Paul-Emile Victor”. Almost 60 percent of its own volume are buried underground. This mega structure contains a 650 square-meter exhibition hall and it is organized in two poles.

The Hindu reported that the antarctic part is 42 meters long and the other part displays an Inuit coastal village of Arctic which is 20 meters in length. This museum is also decorated with a naturalized 3.30 m tall white bear along with penguins and wolves. Museum authority also added kayaks, harpoons and other expedition aids, photographs, videos and recorded sounds to enhance the beauty.

At the end of the exploration, there is a space named “Pole Alert” for creating awareness in spectators. There are several videos for the spectators to highlight the consequences of the melting of the sea ice. It also has a temporary exhibition hall, skating rink, conference room, multipurpose hall, and restaurant. Glass and metals were used to build the architecture and it has 16 geothermal wells and also recovers heat from the refrigeration units for its energy.

The museum was named after the honor of Paul-Emile Victor. He was an ethnologist of France. Royal Geographical Society of London awarded him with Patron’s Gold Medal in 1952. Mount Victor in Antarctica is also named after him. Jean-Christophe Victor also followed his father’s footsteps. He died in December 2016. Before his death, he told that the museum would be a visiting place for at least 50,000 to 70,000 people per year.

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