Sail or sink – about the exhibition

Our new “Sail or sink” temporary exhibition comprises 14 exhibits that take us deep down the water or keep us afloat.

They allow ships to move between reservoirs with different water levels. Try to make your boat pass through a canal.

It replaced the paddle wheel, which had earlier been used as the driving power in most ships. Propellers were quieter and made the reverse manoeuvre easier. Discover how it works!

Traces on the water
What is the shape of a perfect hull? See how water behaves around a sailing ship.

Waves on the sea are caused mainly by the wind. This time your hands will take over its role.

Water whirls can be dangerous for sailboats and even big ferries. Try to make your own whirlpool  — this time in a microscale.

Bermuda Triangle
What happens to ships in this legendary place? Find out about one of the theories and see how gas bubbles suck a boat under the water surface.

Placing a cargo on a container ship requires following many rules. Check out your logistics skills.

S.O.S. on a ship
Check how cool can you remain in an emergency situation and try to escape a drowning ship.

Find out about underwater techniques and records and try dry diving!

Water pressure
See the power of water. Discover the methods applied by people who do deep-diving.

Underwater vehicles
Study the bottom of a water reservoir by steering a special vehicle. This is how scientific research and search for shipwrecks are performed.

Archimedes’ principle

Make a submarine appear on the water surface. Knowledge of laws of physics makes taking out large objects much easier.

Raising sunken ships
Learn about the techniques of taking out shipwrecks. Do you know that often they are left under the water?

Shaping the landscape
Become a landscape architect. Shape some land and see how water reservoirs are created.