Lessons in the Museum

Lessons in the museum cover teaching outside the classroom, and are harmonised with the primary and secondary school syllabus and curriculum for biology. Museum objects and fresh preparations for dissection are used, and the material is supplemented with details about the museum’s holdings. The objective of the programme is to recognise individual aptitudes for biology, ecology and nature protection. The programme has been conducted since 2011, and covers the following units:

  • Fish – a tuition unit in the context of which participants dissect fresh preparations of bony and cartilaginous fish. Observing live the difference in the internal and external structure of these two groups of fish, they learn about their nutrition, respiration, manner of maintaining their buoyancy in the water column and reproduction.
  • Molluscs – the unit includes a lecture about the basic biological characteristics of molluscs and a practical part in which the participants, using examples from the Mollusc Collection, get to understand the determination of species. In the workshop Molluscs of the Adriatic Sea, the main biological characteristics of bivalves are observed from fresh preparations.
  • A Little School of Dendro-chronology – a tuition unit consisting of a lecture about woody plants, the way in which year rings are created and read, and a workshop called Rings of Life, in which participants take impressions of the year rings and on the basis of this sample determine biologically important years.
  • Plant Physiology through Experiments – a unit that includes lectures and experiments on the theme of plant physiology (osmosis in potato tuber, plasmolysis and de-plasmolysis, the mechanism for opening and closing the stomata and the extraction of plant pigments.
  • Prickles – a teaching unit containing a lecture about the biology and morphology of sea urchins and the experiment “artificial fertilisation and early embryonal development of the rock sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus.