Collections of the Lithuanian Sea Museum

Collections of the Lithuanian Sea Museum


The collections of the Lithuanian Sea Museum cover topics of the sea fauna variety, in particular, the fauna of the Baltic Sea, navigation and shipping history, traditional fishing by the Lithuanian seacoast and the Curonian Lagoon, tangible and intangible marine culture heritage. Variety of the exhibits include buttons of seafarers’ uniform as well deep-sea vessels, the range from stamps to charts, from tiny shells to lifelike models of giant sea animals. 


As defined in the strategy of the Museum, the collections are accumulated following the aims:

to increase the attractiveness of the Museum’s exhibitions introducing modern  and innovative solutions
to upgrade the accounting system of exhibits and make them more accessible to the public
to become the center of marine culture and heritage

History of the Collections

The start of the collections of present Lithuanian Sea Museum dates back to 1967, when a Maritime Department was established in Klaipeda Region Museum. The first maritime exhibition was arranged in 1971. That was a short presentation of ships’ and seamen stories and display of shells borrowed from Feliksas Rimkevičius, a pilot of the port of Klaipeda and private collector. Great interest and positive reviews about the exhibition motivated further accumulation of sea fauna exhibits, in addition to exhibits of navigation history, historical documents. The idea of the maritime museum was born. 
Klaipėda Maritime Museum was established on 1 October, 1975. Klaipeda Region Museum presented the new-born museum with 3000 exhibits. The collection of sea fauna was supplemented after the expedition to the Middle East Atlantic bringing back samples of crustaceans, echinoderms, mollusks and fishes. Following the initial concept of maritime museum, specialists of the Museum were collecting available related exhibits,  including replicas, models, and moulages. 
Initiator and former director of the Museum in his memories described how difficult it was to collect the exhibits of the Lithuanian navigation history as they were distroyed or lost in the  war and after. The lack of authentic exhibits was substituted by impressive ship models representing different epochs of seafarering. Today the Lithuanian Sea Museum is proud of its numerous and unique collection of ship models in Lithuania, together with the collection of anchors which is unique, as well.
 
28 July, 1979 Klaipeda Maritime Museum and Aquarium was opened in the Nerija Fort. In vicinity there were established an etnographic fisherman’s farmstead and the ground of old fishing ships. At the end of 1979 collections of the Museum counted 5060 exhibits. 

Over a decade, the number of exhibits increased to 25 438. The structure of the collection was created and the thematic topics were defined: nature and history of navigation.
Natural topic is related with the collections of sea fauna, natural preparations from the Curonian Spit, live aquatic animals.
Historical topic encompasses collections of ethnography, archaeology, numismatics, philately, philocarty, written sources, navigational devices and equipment.
At the end of 1999 the Museum owned more than 36,000 exhibits and at the end of 2009 – 86,000.


Since 2010 the animals of the Museum have been assigned as biological asset and are treated according to the animal care regulations.
Present total number of the Museum’s exhibits is 88563. 

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DOLPHIN AND CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES

JANUARY-MAY, SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER 

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

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION. From 6th December

JANUARY-MAY, SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST

 

Eur

Eur

Adults

6

7

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

3

3.5

Admission prices applicable to groups of 15

Adults  

5

6

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

2.5

3

 

* Children (4 years and older) to dolphinarium; children (6 years and older) to sea fauna and navigation history exhibitions in the Nerija fort.
** 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 to the dolphinarium; 6 years of age and older to the aquarium and museums' exhibition);

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) to the dolphinarium;  children up to 6 years of age to the aquarium and museums' exhibition.

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

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS' EXHIBITION are opened from Wednesday to Sunday 10.30–16.30 

  

DOLPHIN AND CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION 

ETHNOGRAPHIC FISHERMAN'S FARMSTEAD AND THE GROUNDS OF OLD FISHING SHIPS

APRIL, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER 

 

 

 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

12.00, 15.00

10.30–16.30

-

DECEMBER
ATTENTION! 26 DECEMBER AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION WILL WORK 10.30–16.30

 

 

 

Wednesday, Thursday

12.00

10.30–16.30

-

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

12.00, 15.00

10.30–16.30

-

MAY and SEPTEMBER

 

 

 

Wednesday–Sunday

12.00, 15.00

10.30–17.00

10.30–17.00

JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH
1 JANUARY MUSEUM IS CLOSED

 

 

 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

12.00, 15.00

10.30–16.30

-

JULY and AUGUST

 

 

 

Tuesday–Sunday

11.30, 13.00, 15.00, 16.30

10.30–18.30

10.30–18.30

JUNE

 

 

 

Tuesday–Sunday

12.00, 14.00, 16.00

10.30–18.30

10.30–18.30

 

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.

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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