The Institute of Marine Science, Burapha University was originally from the Zoological
Museum and Marine Aquarium of the former Srinakharinwirot University Bangsaen Campus (Burapha University at present). In 1980, the University
proposed a cooperative project to the Japanese Government for a construction of new facility to replace the Zoological Museum and Marine Aquarium.
The project was approved of 230 millions baht to construct the Marine Science Center.
Her Royal Highness Princess Mahachakri Sirindhon presided over the foundation stone
laying ceremony for the construction of the center on March 23, 1982. His Majesty the King came to preside over the opening ceremony of the Marine
Science Center on July 24, 1984. The Marine Science Center was later approved by the Cabinet as the Institute of Marine Science on May 23, 1985.
Main facilities of the Institute of Marine Science
1. The Marine Science Research Unit
2. The Academic Services
3. The Administration
The Marine Science Research Unit
The Marine Science Research Unit conducts researches in four different areas as follows:
1. Marine Environment
2. Marine Biodiversity
3. Marine Aquaculture
4. Marine Biotechnology
The Institute of Marine Science has its own laboratories to carry out studies in every fields of
marine science. The institution also serves communities as well as other institutions in the area nearby in term of specimens, water quality analyses and
assists graduate and undergraduate students to carry out their thesis studies and/or special problems.
The Academic Services
There are two main services.
The first service involves the learning center for children and communities, which opens daily from 8.30-17.00.
The Marine Aquarium
The Marine Aquarium is the section composed of indoor tanks or aquaria of different size with capacities to contain
seawater ranged from half a ton to 1,000 tons. The exhibitions compose of marine animals and plants including aquaculture organisms in which the
researchers conduct studies on their behaviors. Visitors are able to study and/or observe closely with these living animals in their underwater world.
The Marine Science Museum
The Marine Science Museum is the place where specimens of marine organisms both animals and plants are
deposited for identification, exhibition and/or further studies. Exhibition concerning these organisms are ranged from minute ones such as plankton to the
larger ones such as whale shark. Besides, exhibitions involved marine science and exploitation of marine natural resources are also on displays. Visitors
would learn and also understand about the seas and living organisms of the seas.
The second service aims to develop academic activities to communities such as the marine science camp,
a conservation project on marine natural resources and environment, workshops and seminars on marine science as well as a project of technology transfer.
In addition, the institution serves as the training center for undergraduate and graduate students.
The Marine Science Museum and Marine Aquarium are opened to the public daily from 8:30-17:00.
Schools, governmental sectors and associations should apply for admission before hand by letter contact, addressing:
The Institute of Marine Science
Burapha University Bangsaen, Chon Buri, Thailand 20131
Tel. (66-38) 391671-3, 390979
Fax: (66-38) 391674