the wetlands museum | Borj Elloutani | Bizerte city

The Wetlands Museum

Borj El Loutani Bizerte

The wetlands museum “Dar El Bhira” located in Ghar El Melh in the governorate of Bizerte, carried out within the framework of the project “Wetlands in Tunisia: a habitat for man and nature”, was inaugurated on April 25, 2013. Called “Dar El B’hira”, it was lodged near the old port of Ghar-El-Melh.
Two rooms of the old Ottoman fort (Borj Elloutani built in 1659) house this museum. The first room offers visitors various information on the diversity of Tunisian wetlands in general. When the second room presents information on the lagoon of Ghar El Melh, a site classified under the Ramsar Convention since 2007 and an environment rich in fauna and flora but also in remarkable and unique socio-cultural activities in the region.
The first room of the museum is dedicated to wetlands and their importance for the ecosystem. It includes, as such, explanatory panels on their distribution in the world, the varieties of migratory birds and fish that live there as well as the map of their migratory corridors. This room, which offers the visitor the opportunity to learn about wetlands in Tunisia, even includes a prototype of the irrigation system of the Ibn Chabbat oasis intended to facilitate its popularization with children.
The second room is devoted to Ghar El Melh and the agricultural and fishing activities practiced there as well as the history of the region, a center of corsair activity in the Mediterranean (licit activity in the 15th and 16th centuries. Thus , a very small room has been decorated as a mini pirate ship. The equipment, once functional, should allow visitors, especially children, to have a playful representation (sounds and lights) of the activity on this ship. El Melh also housed the fleet of the Beys of Tunisia, according to the explanations presented.

the wetlands museum in pictures

the museum in video

the museum on the map