Founded in 1995 by Member of Parliament Charles-Eugène Marin, Explorama: Sea, Mountains and Wonders was, at the time, dedicated to introducing visitors to the wonders of the Gaspé Peninsula. The centre interpreted the sea, the mountains, culture and Gaspesian history.
In 2004, Explorama began a major shift towards scientific museology and marine sciences.
Today, Exploramer, Discovering the Sea is a museum institution recognized by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and its mission is to raise public awareness about conservation and knowledge of the St. Lawrence marine ecosystem.
As part of its general mission, Exploramer’s objects are as follows:
To establish and maintain a living collection of St. Lawrence marine species;
To raise awareness and educate the public about the St. Lawrence through museal and interactive activities;
To raise awareness and educate visitors on the protection of the St. Lawrence through activities at sea and on the shoreline;
To offer an educational program linked to the official school program;
To contribute to the scientific education of young people through a scientific competition;
To contribute to the professionalization of students in the fields related to the mission;
To operate and manage the Smarter Seafood Program for the enhancement of seafood products;
To provide, administer and maintain a high quality museum institution.