The underwater museums are designed to protect and preserve historic shipwrecks and their coastal environments. They are open to the public, but accessed by snorkelling or scuba diving.
“The Living Museums in the Sea model provides a sustainable alternative to treasure hunting”
Indiana University Center for Underwater Science's fifth Living Museum in the Sea is the '1725 Nuestra Señora de Begoña'. Indiana University (IU) collaborated with the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism, and Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources as well as the Dominican Republic Navy.