Nha Trang's National Oceanographic Museum was established in 1923 at the Institute of Marine Research in a beautiful French colonial building. Not far from the ticket office are a variety of marine life including lionfish, seahorses and sea turtles to delight visitors of all ages. The marine appliances exhibit includes a variety of instruments, equipment and fishing gear used by prominent marine scientists. The practical marine exhibition hall features economically valuable ocean caught fish, sea animals, and marine animal oils. The aquarium in the basement of the museum is home to several exotic marine flora and fauna.