Lithuanian Sea Museum, a unique maritime complex, established in a former XIX c. fort, situated on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea right at the entrance to Klaipeda Port, was opened in 1979.
Following its mission - together we will learn to explore, enjoy and preserve our harmony with the sea – the museum presents multiform exhibitions.
The exhibition of navigation history is displayed in the poterns, casemates and caponieres of the fort. It presents the history of navigation in Lithuania; displays ship models and ancient findings, as well as anchors displayed on the cannon grounds. Real-size vessels placed on the grounds present late 19th–20th centuries.
Ethnographic fisherman‘s farmstead exposes typical farm buildings of the 19th–20th c.: dwelling house, a cattle-shed, a garner, a bathhouse, a cellar, and a smoking-house. The exhibition about traditional fishing at the Lithuanian seaside and the Curonian lagoon area is put on display in the dwelling house.
The aquaria of the museum with a total capacity of 111 t host Lithuanian freshwater fish, fish from the Baltic Sea and tropical seas. The central tank houses sturgeons from the Caspian Sea.
A modern exhibition of sea fauna presents impressive collection of shells and corals, tells the history of life development at the sea, and surprises visitors with a display “Predatory and Dangerous Sea Animals: Myths and Reality”.
Indoor and outdoor pools house penguins, Baltic Grey Seals, Eastern Atlantic Harbor Seals and Steller Sea Lions.
Built in 1994, the Dolphinarium, containing the pool with the capacity of 1800 m³ and depth of 5, 5 m, houses Black Sea bottlenose dolphins and California Sea Lions.
Receiving up to 500 000 visitors a year, the Lithuanian Sea Museum is the most attended museum in Lithuania, which also welcomes guests from Latvia, Estonia, Kaliningrad region and other neighbouring countries.
Multiplicity of Lithuanian Sea Museum’s exhibitions enables various forms and topics of activities: educational, environmental, and public awareness rising events; temporary exhibitions and traditional festivals.
Having established close links to partner institutions Europe-wide, the Lithuanian Sea Museum has participated in a number of international projects, fostering ocean preserving ideas and development of common wealth.