Dolphins

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Now, when the reconstruction of the Dolphinarium of the Lithuanian Sea Museum, which took six years, is over, the spaces of dolphins' home have considerably expanded. It is very important that it is equipped with a modern water treatment facility. The water, where dolphins live, is of irreproachable quality. The required quality is ensured by water treatment facility. Now dolphins feel more comfortably there as their living spaces have considerably expanded. Also, they can enjoy open air and sun in the outdoor pool "Sun bay". A new audio and video system installed in the hall will make dolphin shows more effective. Besides, the pool is encircled with acrylic wall, thus visitors can see the dolphins under water as well.


The Greeks called dolphins "sacred fish". In Rome, dolphins were thought to carry souls to the Islands of the Blessed. Images of dolphins were found in the hands of the Roman mummies presumably to ensure their safe passage to the afterlife. Famous philosophers such as Pliny, Herodotus, Aelian, and Aristotle comment on the compassion, friendly, and almost moral nature of the dolphin.

Dolphins are exceptional creatures. While most wild animals avoid contact with humans, wild dolphins are known to play and associate with humans, especially children. Young dolphins play around the boats and under surfboards and even help fisherman by signalling when it is the best time to cast their nets.


The Black Sea bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus ponticus) live in the Dolphinarium of the Lithuanian Sea Museum. The dolphin belongs to the class of mammals, the suborder of toothed whales. The species representing this suborder can mostly be found in the Black Sea.

The Black Sea bottlenose dolphins give birth to their young every four years; the pregnancy period lasts 12 months. Females give birth to their first calve at the age of seven or eight. Newborn bottlenose dolphins weigh from 11 to 12 kg and nurse from their mother. A grown-up dolphin weighs from 150 to 280 kg and very rarely - up to 360 kg.

In the middle of the 20th century, there were as many as ca 2.5 million dolphins in the Black Sea; nowadays, due to the pollution of the Black Sea, their number has decreased to 100,000. Dolphins' sonars fail to locate thin threads of fishing nets and millions of them die as a result of being accidentally caught in fishing gear and nets.

Dolphins shows are entertaining educational events that help people get to know these outstanding animals and encourage them to protect and cherish their natural environment, i.e. the sea.

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Tickets to Dolphin performances

 

JANUARY-MAY, SEPTEMBER-DEMEBER

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST

 

Eur

Eur

Adults  

7

10

Children*, 
schoolchildren**, students***, 
retired senior****, adults with disabilities*****

3.5

5

Admission prices applicable to groups of 15

Adults  

6

9

Children*, 
schoolchildren**, students***, 
retired senior****, adults with disabilities*****

3

4.5

 

Tickets to California sea lion performances 

  September, May June, July, August
  Eur Eur
Visitors from 4 years 2 3

 

* Children (4 years and older).
** Schoolchildren holding a certificate.
*** Daytime-department students holding an international student card (ISIC).
**** Retired seniors from EU and EEA.
***** Adults with disabilities who have an average level of disability and have a valid license.

Photography and filming for personal use - free of charge.

Lithuanian Sea Museum administration has the right to change ticket prices.


I.     TICKET ACQUISITION RULES

1. The visitors are admitted to the Museum during the opening hours of the Museum only, upon acquisition of tickets in the Ticket office of the Museum and/or online. The Ticket office is closed 30 minutes before the closing time of the Museum.

2. It is possible to pay for tickets and/or other services in cash, by bank card and/or by bank transfer (if agreed separately) or by using the electronic sales and administration system of the Museum.

3. A visitor should keep his/her ticket at all times until the end of his/her visit to the Museum and, upon request, provide the ticket to a responsible staff member of the Museum.

4. Ticket prices and respective discounts are approved by a separate order of the Director of the Museum. Upon the Director's written consent, target groups may be admitted to the Museum free of charge. The Museum shall be entitled to apply short-term discounts (campaigns). Respective information is provided in the Ticket office and the website of the Museum. Also, information is provided by phone.

5. A ticket is acquired for a single visit only. It is valid for the acquisition date. The duration of validity of a ticket may be extended for 30 days following its acquisition date by marking a ticket with a special mark.

6. A visitor should not spoil, fold, tear, stain or otherwise damage a ticket. The Museum shall be entitled to refuse entrance to visitors with damaged tickets which are not recognized by a scanner.

7. Persons wishing to acquire tickets with discount or visit the Museum free of charge should provide a cashier with a respective certificate granting such right. If a person refuses to provide a respective document, the discount is not applied. During the control of tickets and/or visit to the Museum a visitor may be asked to provide a respective document together with a discount ticket. Discount tickets should be used by persons having acquired the same only. It is prohibited to hand over a ticket with discount to other persons.

8. Acquired tickets are not exchanged and/or refunded except for the cases when services are not provided through the fault of the Museum.

9. However, tickets are not refunded in the event of force majeure circumstances (Item 1, Article 6.212 of the Civil Code of the Republic of Lithuania).

10. Lost, damaged and/or otherwise unusable tickets are not refunded as well.

II. DISCOUNTS AND OTHER VISITING CONDITIONS IN DOLPHINARIUM 

Tickets at a half price are available for:

1. Children (4 years of age and older);

2. Schoolchildren;

3. Students of full-time studies - nationals of the Republic of Lithuania and other Member States of the European Union studying in higher education institutions of the European Union, as well as students of full-time studies studying in vocational training establishments;

4. Retired old age nationals of the Member States of the European Union and European Economic Area;

5. Adults with moderate disability.

Tickets with discount (for the price fixed for organized visitor groups) are available for:

6. Adults with mild disability;

7. Organized visitor groups consisting of more than 15 persons.

The following visitors are admitted free of charge:

1. Children up to 4 years of age (without providing them a separate seat);

2. Persons with severe disability, disabled children up to 18 years of age and accompanying persons (one disabled - one accompanying person);

3. Creators and sponsors of the Museum as well as other persons holding special permits/invitations issued by the Administration of the Museum;

4. Employees of all museums of the Republic of Lithuania upon presentation of a respective employment certificate;

5. Adults accompanying organized children's groups (one adult - ten children). A ticket with discount for an accompanying person is handed over in the Ticket office or issued online when buying tickets for a group of children;

6. One guide, one group leader and one bus driver when buying a group ticket (a ticket with discount could not be transferred to another person);

7. Orphans and children from boarding-schools or care institutions and their accompanying persons (one adult - ten children), upon presentation of a list of children and documents attesting their status at the Ticket office.

LITHUANIAN SEA MUSEUM VISITOR REGULATIONS

Sea Museum is currently closed for reconstruction, but we invite you to visit the Dolphin performances!

 

DOLPHIN PERFORMANCES

CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES

ETNOGRAPHIC FARMSTEAD OF FISHERMAN AND THE GROUNDS OF OLD FISHING SHIPS

JUNE

     

Tuesday–Sunday

12.00, 14.00, 16.00

11.15, 13.00, 15.00

10.30–18.30

JULY and AUGUST

     

Tuesday–Sunday

11.30, 13.00, 15.00, 16.30

12.15, 14.00, 16.00

10.30 –18.30

NOVEMBER and DECEMBER

     

Friday

12.00

- -

Saturday, Sunday

12.00, 15.00

- -

JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH

     

Friday

12.00 - -

Saturday, Sunday

12.00, 15.00 - -

APRIL and OCTOBER

     

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

12.00, 15.00 - -

MAY and SEPTEMBER

     

Wednesday–Sunday

12.00, 15.00 11.15, 13.30 10.30–17.00

 

Lithuanian Sea Museum
Smiltynės Str. 3 LT-93100, Klaipėda

Lithuanian Sea Museum is situated in Smiltynė (Klaipėda Municipality) on the Curonian Spit. Coordinates: 55°43'01.0"N 21°06'02.6"E


From Klaipėda. Take a passenger ferry from the Old Ferry Terminal (addr. Danės St. 1, Klaipėda) or a ferry for vehicles from the New Ferry Terminal (addr. Nemuno St. 8, Klaipėda) to Smiltynė. The distance from the passenger ferry terminal to the Lithuanian Sea Museum is 1,8 kilometer. Take a bus, ride a bicycle or walk on foot to get to the Museum. The distance from the vehicles terminal is 7 kilometers. Come to the Museum by car/ bicycle or on foot.

Bus timetable Senosios perkėlos st. - Delfinariumas

Ferry timetable and pricelist www.keltas.lt ,  +370 46 311 117


By intercity bus or train.  The distance from Klaipėda Bus or Railway Station to the Old Ferry Terminal (addr. Danės St. 1, Klaipėda) is 2,2 kilometers. To get to the Old Ferry Terminal take a bus 8 (get off at the stop Atgimimo and walk 1 kilometer to the terminal), walk on foot or take a taxi.


Parking in the Lithuanian Sea Museum is charged at a Red Zone rate. Find out more about Parking Zone Prices.

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