Scientific and Educational Department

Mission: inspire people to study and preserve the wonderful Ocean world.

Purpose: By means of the newest pedagogic technologies, develop the affordable multilevel ecological education and public awareness system focused on raising population’s ecological consciousness and form new ideology of the human-nature relationship.


Tel No. +7 924 732 0105

Main areas of activities:

  • Scientific and Research: museum education, psychology of interaction between man and nature.
  • Educational: development and implementation of programs and excursion focused on popularization of science and raising the public environmental awareness. Propagation of sustainable development ideas.
  • Informational and Methodological: development and promotion of new methods, accumulation and distribution of the methodological materials.





A subscription includes four 1.5-hours lessons, the first subscription lesson can be bought separately.

Secrets of the Mirror-World (for children aged 5-7 years)

With help of the central characters of The Extraordinary Adventures of Karik and Valya book, young explorers will be able to get into mysterious MICROWORLD, enter into a drop of water inhabited with enigmatic turrets, small balls, and living lanterns, where they become builders of a fairy town.

Round-the-World Expedition (for children aged 6-9 years)

Children have a fascinating journey ahead of them, through the following exhibits: The Sea of Japan, The Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk, The Tropical Seas, and The Polar World. They will learn about inhabitants of these seas, visit the Island of Puzzles and even try to find a pirate’s hoard on a map.

Secrets of the Marine Inhabitants’ names (for children aged 5-7 years)

During this lesson, children can conduct an investigation and reveal secrets of some animals’ names.


Workshops (duration is one hour).

The River Colours (for children aged 5-11 years)

While playing, children examine their own keenness of observation, master creative method of making a stylized fish using a monotyping technique.

The Science in the Origami Country (for children aged 6-9 years)

Children learn to transform a flat sheet of paper into models of the marine inhabitants, get to know their language secrets, understand why Zoology is a constant guest in the Origami Country. The children have a funny presentation and the Marine Quiz ahead of them.

Leave a Footprint (for family groups and children aged 5-9 years)

This workshop allows parents and their children to touch elements of the paleontology science. They will investigate unusual finds and make concave-reliefs and bas-reliefs of the shells.

The Plaster Sea (for family groups and children aged 5-9 years)

Children and their parents will reveal secrets of “the plaster sea” and learn to make models of marine inhabitants using silicone moulds. All members can creatively manifest themselves by painting the statuettes.

Painting Marine Finds (for family groups and children aged 5-9 years)

Walking along the beach, we found pebbles and rounded pieces of glass, driftwood, and other unusual things. You can bring your finds and, with your creativity, paint making wonder-form from them. Our masters can suggest their own collection for painting.


Studios and Clubs

Belyok Ecological-and-Biological Studio (for children aged 5-7 years)

Belyok is a seal pup with white-coat.

It is a yearlong program with a 1.5-hour lesson twice a week. The lessons are aimed to popularization of science and raising in children interest to learn the sea world. Sophisticated educational technologies are used in this program.

The studio director, Tatiana Chernikh is a Doctor of Education, an author of The Sea Lessons education program on advanced study of the world-around for pre-school establishment workers.

Marine Biology and Ecology Club for high school students

(Conception under development)




Travel in Science. PriMorye

It is a fascinated family journey with a game guide. A route theme of 2016 is About Sea in Primorye. The first stage includes visiting museums of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (FEB RAS), Prymorsky Aquarium, and Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS. The second stage leads the travelers to the Primorye shore and traditional summer holidays at the seaside become a family voyage of exploration. As the rout completion, the Marine Festival of Science will be held in October.

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Salmon, Fish of the World

This project includes different educative forms which allows children to get to know interesting and difficult life of the salmon fishes. Children can attend the Fish Scale Magic workshop teaching them how to process fish skin and The River Colours creative workshop. They also can become investigators and learn for what fishes have scales during the What Fish Scales Can Tell lesson, to show their knowledge and skill in the Travel along the Salmon River station game, and to lead a salmon fish to the spawning area playing the Salmon: Out and Home computer game. What is more, it is possible to turn into a salmon fish during the Boy-of-the-Salmon interactive play based upon the story by Victor Kvashin.

The Salmon, Fish of the World educational project has been developed jointly with the Phoenix Foundation in 2013-2015 within the Russian – US Partnership for Salmon Protection grant project.


Open Schools of the Primorsky Aquarium

The Open School of the Primorsky Aquarium is an annual event on a specific subject in the form of a conference, with workshops, roundtable discussion, and seminars.

The Open Schools are aimed to exchange of experience, advanced training of staff and volunteers, creation of positive image of the Primorsky Aquarium, development of partnership relations with establishments working in the area of “marine” pedagogics.

In 2012, the Open School I: the Primorsky Aquarium FEB RAS: looking into the future awareness-raising workshop; the Study and Play in an Aquarium training workshop (methodology of work with preschool and primary school-aged children in the Aquarium) and the Excursion Activities in the Aquarium workshop.

In 2013, the Open School II: Aquariums and Marine Museums’ Conservation Activity within Russian-German project Aquariums of Stralsund and Vladivostok: Protecting the Ocean Together” with Stralsund Marine Museum and Aquarium (Germany).

In 2014, the Open School III: Role of Education and Public Awareness Raising in the Project on Biodiversity Conservation Realization within the US-Russian project Development of Russian-American Partnership to conserve salmon (in case of the salmon population level conservation) together with Phoenix Foundation and participating state and public organizations of Kamchatka, Sakhalin, Khabarovskiy Krai, and Monterey Bay Aquarium, Oregon Fishery Research Center, and Wild Salmon Center.

In 2015, the Open School IV: The Science is Getting Closer is devoted popularization of science in general and in Vladivostok in particular, with participating representatives of Institutes FEB RAS, the Junior Marine Biology Academy, the Museum after V.K. Arsenieva name, public and commercial associations involved in the science popularization.


About Volunteers in the Primorsky Aquarium:

Around the world, volunteers have a huge impact on the operation of Aquariums being an essential part of the Aquarium community as mentors and teachers. In accordance with the Russian Federation law, volunteers are individuals involved in charity work on a gratuitous basis.

After having appropriate training passed, people aged 14 years or older can become a volunteer in the Primorsky Aquarium.

What volunteers do in the Primorsky Aquarium:

  • assist in organization of events;
  • welcome guests and assist them with directions and general information about the Aquarium;
  • help at special programs as a photographer, an animator, a mentor;
  • help to people with special needs;
  • maintain order and see that the animal welfare is observed during communication between visitors and animals in the exhibits;
  • conduct surveys and take polls;
  • help behind the scene to specialists of the biological departments, veterinarians, and others to treat and care aquatic organisms.

Those who wish to be a volunteer can send résumé to e-mail: or call Marina Maslova by phone: +79244278819 during working time.