Maritime Museum, located on the Baltic Sea coast, is one of the most interesting museums in Lithuania. The museum exposition brings you to the magical and enchanting world of deep waters, home to a wide variety of fish, seals, and Northern and Californian sea lions. Permanent residents of the museum amaze and entertain the visitors with expressive performances. By visiting this museum you will discover a mysterious deep-sea world.
Water depths and secrets at a close glance
The museum with 6 different exhibitions is set in a former nineteenth century fortification of the Spit. Here you will find a huge aquarium, the exhibitions of marine fauna, mammals and seabirds, as well as get familiar with the maritime history.
The aquarium is populated with invertebrates, and freshwater fish of Lithuania – many species, not only from the Baltic Sea, but also from various tropical seas. The museum’s courtyard has a pool filled with seals, sea lions and penguins. On hot summers and cold winters they prefer going indoors to the museum’s pingvinarium.
The marine fauna exhibition has diverse exhibits: mollusc shells, various fossils, algae and other special exhibits, surviving even the prehistorical dinosaur times.
The mysterious power of dolphins
The Maritime Museum also has a dolphinarium – the only one of this kind in the entire eastern part of the Baltic coast. Its inhabitants dolphins enjoy special attention from visitors, since they not only dance, sing, draw, and jump through hoops, but also warmly interact with the audience.
The exceptional entertainment, presented by the Sea Museum, is swimming with dolphins. The number of willing to do it is so high that that is not even space for everyone in the dolphinarium. However, the presence of dolphins is not only a fun activity. Dolphins are highly intelligent, friendly, and mysterious animals, and their energy affects the human body and the nervous system. Miracles are happening in the dolphin therapy centre functioning in the Maritime Museum. Children with Down's syndrome, autism, cerebral palsies begin to smile, and tell the first words after interacting with dolphins.
Maritime history exhibition
The maritime history exhibition is set out in the former premises of the defence fort of the Spit. Here, visitors can get familiar with a number of different ship models, documentary material and archaeological findings. Guests can check all installed indoor exhibitions, and then go outdoors for the largest exhibits – original antique anchors and unique fishing boats.
Visit the ethnographic fisherman's farmstead
The museum has an authentic fisherman's house. Here you will learn about a wealthy fisherman's life: see a dwelling house, a barn, a bath house, a fish smoking chamber, hangers for fishing nets and dried fish. The exhibition includes old photographs and traditional fishing tools: hooks, lines, net weights, spears, nets.