Hydrolab Being Moved into National Museum of Natural History

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Hydrolab, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's underwater research habitat, arriving at the National Museum of Natural History in early March, 1986. The 18-foot long, 8-foot high tank-like habitat is for display in the museum's Sea Life Hall. It is the largest man-made object ever transported to the museum for an exhibition.


  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Life in the Sea Hall (Exhibition) (1963: United States National Museum)


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Featured in TORCH, April 1986

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