Address: Smiltynės pl. 3, LT-93100, Klaipėda.
Tel.: (+370 ~ 46) 49 07 40, (+370 ~ 46) 49 07 54.
Fax (+370 ~ 46) 49 07 50.
Director – Olga Žalienė.
Wednesday to Sunday 10.30–18.00.
June – August
Tuesday to Sunday 10.30–18.30.
Wednesday to Sunday 10.30–18.00.
October – December
Saturday to Sunday 10.30–17.00.
January – April
Saturday to Sunday 10.30–17.00.
Closed on the following public holidays: January 1st,
November 1st, December 25th.
closed for reconstruction, but visitors are welcome in the museum and
in the aquarium.
Admission prices >
Excursion service (+370 ~ 46) 37 11 25.
Cafeterias in Dolphinarium and Sea Museum;
Taking pictures of visitors with animals;
Dealing in souvenirs.
The museum collections include the sea fauna and insects, archaeological,
ethnographic and iconographical items, coins, documents, ships and their
The collection of the museum consists of 60 062 items kept.
the main stock – 36 425 items.
In the supplementary stock – 23 627 items.
The biggest collection – preparations of sea fauna (cockleshells, corals,
crustaceans, echinoderms, sea birds, fishes, sea mammalia). There are 19 787
items kept in it.
Other collections of the museum: collections of geology, archaeology,
ethnography, numismatics, cartography, ship technique, the written language,
Special stock of the Lithuanian Maritime Museum - animate exhibits: sea
mammalia, birds, fishes.
The stock of animate exhibits consists of 957 animals. Freshwater fishes of
the Baltic sea and Lithuanian rivers and lakes make the greatest part of the
collection – 800 items, corralling fishes – 35 items, tropic freshwater
fishes – 78 items, colony of penguins – 21 penguin, sea mammalia (gray
Baltic seals, sea lions of the North and Californian seas etc.) – 20 items.
Sea mammals and birds
Open air pools inhabited by Baltic seals, sea lions and penguins Seals and
penguins are breeding successfully.
31 tank with Lithuanian freshwater, the Baltic Sea and the tropical seas
Marine fauna exposition
The Baltic Sea geography, geology, fauna, an abundant collection of
seashells and corals.
Old fishing vessels, ethnographic farmstead of fisherman, models of ships,
archaeological finds, document, anchors.
In this portion of exposition, “Heritage of the Sea: Fragments from the
Depths”, fragments of sunken vessels found on the Baltic seafloor are on
exhibit. Fragments include the anchors stocks of sailboats, windlasses,
beams, eselhofts, details of keels and frames, and a centuries’ old dugout
(primitive boat) found in Plateliai Lake. Museum-goers will also have the
chance to become acquainted with the peculiarities behind the construction
of sailboats and dugouts, learn how ropes on sea vessels were made, and the
secrets of tying knots.
Hall containing 1 000 seats for the visitors and 1800 m³ capacity pool for
the dolphins and sea lions shows.
Now it is closed for reconstruction.
The Fortress of Kopgalis –
Klaipėda’s Piece of Historic Heritage
The exposition can be found in the first hall dedicated to navigation
history – in a portion of the underground embankment, called the paterna.
The sea fortress, which was constructed in the 19th century, once defended
the entrance to Klaipėda’s harbor. At the exposition, copies of the
fortresses plans – obtained from German archives – will be on exhibit, as
well as iconographic material, drawings depicting reconstructed scenes of
how the fortress was manned as well as illustrating the life of those who
guarded the fortress. These exhibits help to recreate the history at the
Fortress of Kopgalis and are further aided by the audio installation, “The
Fortress’s History Rebounds with Echoes”, as well as a flag raising ceremony
that is accompanied with a volley of the artillery’s cannons.
Mussel Shell Collection and the Exposition,
“Crustacean and Echinoderms”
Thematic exhibitions from the collections of the museum are arranged
(history of shipping, sea fauna) as well as scientific research exhibitions
and those of photographs.
A club "Friends of the museum" functions in the museum. This club organizes
educational programs. Series of programs on sea biology and history of
shipping are prepared for secondary school pupils.
Traditional events in the museum:
Open door days in the museum;
Festivals on the occasion of giving a name to seals;
Concerts of folk music and festivals in the ethnographic fisherman's
Department of Sea mammals and birds;
Department of Aquarium;
Department of Maritime fauna;
Department of Dolphinarium (temporary closed);
Department of Relations for Public.
of the Museum
The idea of the museum was nurtured and implemented by a group of
architects, engineers and museum workers united by the head of Klaipėda
administration of many years standing A. Žalys.
Lithuanian Maritime Museum was established in the place called Kopgalis
where fishermen's village started settling since the 19th century. The
fortress of Kopgalis was destroyed in 1945 and was not used for some time.
Maritime division of Klaipėda ethnographic museum (now Museum of history of
Lithuania Minor) having propagated the idea of this unique museum, collected
exhibits, prepared expositions made the start for the Lithuanian Maritime
Museum in 1971.
In the history of its establishment three stages are distinguished:
The central readout of the fortress was rebuilt, the fortress of Kopgalis
restored, an exposition arranged. Aquarium with freshwater fishes of
Lithuanian lakes and rivers and the Baltic Sea was built, expositions of sea
fauna etc. arranged. In the first stage of the establishment of the museum
the exposition became a composite one, embracing all spheres of relations
between the man and the sea.
On July 28, 1979 the exposition was opened to public.
It was a turning point to the attractiveness of the museum. It was aimed to
excite the curiosity of visitors in the sea flora and fauna, to encourage
perceiving and preserving it. Four open-air pools for large sea-mammalia and
performance grounds with a little pool were built, near-by - a viewing-stand
Animal breading was commenced.
This period is connected with the arrangement of the dolphinarium.
Sea animals were bred successfully.
In 1997 the museum was granted the status of the Republican museum.
Since 1998 the museum is within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture
of the Republic of Lithuania.
The founder of the museum - the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of
Photographs from the stock of the Lithuanian Sea Museum