Lithuanian Maritime Museum
Lithuania, Klaipeda

The Lithuanian Maritime Museum is distinguished by its comprehensive exposition. It presents marine nature, the history of navigation, old and modern fisheries, marine science and pollution control, a wide and many-sided spectrum of relations between man and the sea. The museum has been around for almost twenty years.
It is precisely this diversity of the museum that differs from most specialized maritime museums in the neighboring Baltic countries. Another hallmark of the Maritime Museum is its many exhibits. The first thing that attracts the attention of visitors is live exhibits: fish, marine mammals, birds. Rich corals and a collection of shells of high scientific value are pleasing to the eye in the presented exposition of marine fauna. Those who are interested in ships can see models of ships of different times and, if you go outside, you can see real ships and various anchor structures there. The museum is surrounded by the sea, beautiful nature and the fortress of Kopgalis. The ethnographic house of the fisherman on the shore of the Curonian Spit resembles a fishing village of the last century.
On the way to the museum, do not forget to inspect the ship built by the Klaipeda fisherman Gintaras Paulyonis (1945-1994). Not being a professional sailor, but being a true fanatical lover of the sea, he independently built it on the basis of ancient drawings of Newfoundland ships. On June 28, 1994, he set sail from Klaipeda in the hope of becoming the first Lithuanian to cross the Baltic Sea on an ancient ship, and on July 14 he reached the coast of Sweden, after which, proud of victory, he soon set off back on the same route. But on October 5, 1994, the remains of his small little ship were thrown to the shore of Nida. The body of a brave man was found ten days later. It is believed that the cause of his death was a storm that claimed the lives of more than 800 passengers on the Estonian ferry.