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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Information updated 2021-04-23 07:59

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Please read Visitors service regulations: Lithuanian Sea Museum visitors service regulations, 2021

NOTE! The Anex No. 1 of Lithuanian Sea Museum visitors service regulations:
1. Recast of Visitor Service Regulations, art. 24.2.3.1: in order to control maximum number of visitors allowed to the dolphinarium during the quarantine, children under 3 years of age must hold a ticket which cost 1 Eur, if purchased in the ticket office, and 0.95 Eur if purchased on line. Children 4 years of age and above must hold a ticket purchased at a child-ticket price. 


OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

DOLPHIN AND CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES – 12.00, 15.00

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION  – 10.30–17.00


JANUARY

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

DOLPHIN AND CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES – 12.00, 15.00

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION  – 10.30–17.00


FEBRUARY, MARCH

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

DOLPHIN AND CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES – 12.00, 15.00

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION  – 10.30–17.00


MARCH

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION  – 10.30–17.00 

DOLPHIN AND CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES 


APRIL

Friday, Saturday, Sunday

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION  – 10.30–18.00 

DOLPHIN AND CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES: Friday  – 12.00, 15.00, Saturday, Sunday – 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00.


MAY 

From Wednesday to Sunday

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION – 11.00–18.00

ETHNOGRAPHIC FISHERMAN'S FARMSTEAD AND THE GROUNDS OF OLD FISHING SHIPS – 11.00–18.00

DOLPHINS AND SEA LIONS PERFORMANCES: Wednesday-Friday – 12.00, 15.00,  Saturday, Sunday – 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00.


JUNE

From Wednesday to Sunday

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION – 11.00–18.00

ETHNOGRAPHIC FISHERMAN'S FARMSTEAD AND THE GROUNDS OF OLD FISHING SHIPS – 11.00–18.00

DOLPHINS AND SEA LIONS PERFORMANCES IN THE SUN BAY: Wednesday-Friday – 12.00, 13.30, 15.00,  Saturday, Sunday – 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00.


JULY

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION: II–VII – 10.30–18.30 
ETHNOGRAPHIC FISHERMAN'S FARMSTEAD AND THE GROUNDS OF OLD FISHING SHIPS: II-VII – 10.30–18.00
DOLPHINS AND SEA LIONS PERFORMANCES: II-VII – 11.00, 12.15, 13.45, 15.00, 16.15.


AUGUST

01 08–22 08
From Tuesday to Sunday

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION: II–VII – 10.30–18.30 

ETHNOGRAPHIC FISHERMAN'S FARMSTEAD AND THE GROUNDS OF OLD FISHING SHIPS: II-VII – 10.30–18.00

DOLPHINS AND SEA LIONS PERFORMANCES: II-VII, 11.00, 12.15, 13.45, 15.00, 16.15.

24 08–29 08

From Tuesday to Sunday

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION: II–VII – 10.30–18.30 

ETHNOGRAPHIC FISHERMAN'S FARMSTEAD AND THE GROUNDS OF OLD FISHING SHIPS: II-VII – 10.30–18.00

DOLPHINS AND SEA LIONS PERFORMANCES: II-VII, 11.30, 13.00, 14.30, 16.00.

31 08

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION: 10.30–18.30 

ETHNOGRAPHIC FISHERMAN'S FARMSTEAD AND THE GROUNDS OF OLD FISHING SHIPS: 10.30–18.00

DOLPHINS AND SEA LIONS PERFORMANCES: 12.00, 15.00

Visitors Service: +370 659 61 497, aptarnavimas@muziejus.lt 


SEPTEMBER

From Wednesday to Sunday

DOLPHINS CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS PERFORMANCES –  12.00, 15.00

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION – 10.30-18.00

ETHNOGRAPHIC FISHERMAN'S FARMSTEAD AND THE GROUNDS OF OLD FISHING SHIPS – 10.30-18.00

DOLPHINS PERFORMANCE

JANUARY–MAY,
SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER 

JUNE 

JULY,
AUGUST 

 

Eur

Eur

Eur

Adults  

8

10

13 

Children (4 years and older), 
school students, students*, 
age retired EU nationals**, adults with disabilities EU nationals***

4

5

9

Children up to 3 years old (inclusive)

1

1

 

Admission prices applicable to groups of 15 

 

Adults  

7

9

12

Children (4 years and older), 
school students, students*, 
age retired EU nationals**, adults with disabilities EU nationals***

3,5

4.5

8.5

*   Full-time EU students studying in higher education or vacational training institutions
**  EU citizens holding a pensionary certificate
*** EU adult citizens with mild disability holding a disability certificate.
​Important! From 5 May  children under 3 years of age must hold a ticket to dolphinarium.  


AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION *

JANUARY-MAY,
SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER

JUNE

JULY, AUGUST

 

Eur

Eur

Eur

Adults

8

10

11

Students*, school children (not from the  EU nations), 
retired senior**

4

5

5.5

Children up to 5 years old (inclusive)

0

0

 

Admission prices applicable to groups of 15 

 

Adults  

7

9

10

Students*, school children (not from the EU nations), 
retired senior**

3,5

4.5

5

* Last Sunday of each month – free admission day to the Aquarium and Museum exhibitions.

* Full-time EU students studying in higher education or vacational training institutions. To benefit, provide a proving document, students ID card

** EU citizens holding a pensionary certificate


Please read Visitors service regulations

 

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

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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 ,  tel. no. +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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