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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Rules and recommendations while visiting Lihuanian Sea Museum

DOLPHINS PERFORMANCE

JANUARY–MAY,
SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER 

JUNE, JULY,
AUGUST 

 

Eur

Eur

Adults  

7

10

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

3.5

5

Admission prices applicable to groups of 15

Adults  

6

9

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

3

4.5

* Full-time EU students studying in higher education or vacational training institutions
** EU citizens holding a pensionary certificate
***  EU nationals adults with disabilities who have an average level of disability and have a valid license.


AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION *

JANUARY-MAY,
SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST

 

Eur

Eur

Adults

7

10

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

3.5

5

Admission prices applicable to groups of 15

Adults  

6

9

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

3

4.5

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

SUN BAY              MAY*, SEPTEMBER JUNE, JULY, AUGUST
All visitors 4 years and older 2 3    
 

* California sea lions performances in the Sun Bay from the midlle of May


* 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


Photography and filming for personal use - free of charge.


The following visitors are admitted free of charge:

1. Children up to 3 years of age (without providing them a separate seat) to the dolphinarium

2. Children up to 5 years of age to the Aquarium and the museum expositions;

3. Persons with severe disability, disabled children up to 18 years of age and accompanying persons (one disabled - one accompanying person); Adults with mild disability (valid for a ticket to the aquarium and museum exhibitions) EU nationals;

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

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

6. ICOM members; 

7. Guide holding a guide certificate (a ticket could not be transferred to another person);


Reduced local fees when entering Neringa for visitors driving from the resort  to the Lithuanian Sea Museum and coming back on the same day!

On your way back to Neringa please provide the control post with:

1. The voucher acquired in Alksnynė or Nida control post (maximum 5 days before your travel)

2. The ticket of the Lithuanian Sea Museum of the current day

3. The card received in the ticket offices of the Museum


Rules and recommendations while visiting Lihuanian Sea Museum

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

Rules and recommendations while visiting Lihuanian Sea Museum

 

JULY AND AUGUST

From Tuesday to Sunday

DOLPHIN  PERFORMANCES – 11.30, 13.00, 15.00, 16.30

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION  – 10.30–18.30

ETHNOGRAPHIC FISHERMAN'S FARMSTEAD AND THE GROUNDS OF OLD FISHING SHIPS – 10.30–18.30

CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES IN THE SUN BAY – 12.15, 14.00, 16.00


SEPTEMBER

From Wednesday to Sunday

DOLPHIN  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

CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES IN THE SUN BAY (from the 26th of September in the dolphinarium)– 11.15, 13.30


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


APRIL

From Wednesday to Sunday

DOLPHIN AND CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES – 12.00, 15.00

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION  – 10.30–18.00

ETHNOGRAPHIC FISHERMAN'S FARMSTEAD – 10.30–18.00


MAY 

From Wednesday to Sunday

DOLPHIN  PERFORMANCES – 12.00, 15.00

CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES IN THE SUN BAY – 11.15, 13.30

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION – 10.30–18.00

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


JUNE

From Tuesday to Sunday

DOLPHIN  PERFORMANCES – 12.00, 14.00, 16.00

AQUARIUM AND MUSEUMS’ EXHIBITION  – 10.30–18.30

ETHNOGRAPHIC FISHERMAN'S FARMSTEAD AND THE GROUNDS OF OLD FISHING SHIPS – 10.30–18.30

CALIFORNIA SEA LION PERFORMANCES IN THE SUN BAY – 11.15, 13.00, 15.00

 

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

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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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