The addition of an ambitious new attraction, “Fryslan under wetter”, at the Natuurmuseum Fryslan Fryslan may be delayed up to three months. The soil where the underground attraction is being built is contaminated.
According to the museum, the soil was contaminated by two fires in the 1980s. Removal of the contaminated materials will be a time consuming operation and will cause delays to the current construction timeline.
The new addition will occupy approximately 500 square metres, which is five times more space than the museum’s current underwater exhibition. Visitors will be able to ride through the new exhibition space in carts. Construction of the new space is estimated to cost 1.4 million euros.
The museum staff is disappointed by the delay, but they recognise that it is out of their hands and do not plan to rush the work as a result. The exhibition should be open to the public in September following a soft opening this summer.