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Current exspositions of Lithuanian Sea Museum

  • The Nerija Fort

The Lithuanian Sea Museum is located in Kopgalis, at the northernmost point of the ninety-eight-kilometre-long Curonian Spit Peninsula facing the entrance of the Port of Klaipėda. In the second half of the 19th century Fort Nerija was built in Kopgalis, which consisted of the central redoubt, moat, ramparts with casemates, and the gunpowder magazines. At the end of World War II Fort Nerija was completely ruined. Following the restoration and reconstruction of the fort in 1979 the main exhibits of the Lithuanian Sea Museum were put on display there.


  • Aquarium

It is not easy to spot a fish in its natural surrounding. At the Lithuanian Sea Museum you can see the most interesting Lithuanian freshwater fish species and Baltic Sea fish swimming in the museum’s aquariums. It may be that not every fisherman knows all of them. The Aquarium is situated inside the central redoubt of the Lithuanian Sea Museum. Visitors are interested in predatory fish: pike perch, perch, pike, catfish, and of course piranhas. Sturgeons and eels also catch the visitors’ attention. The visitor’s eye is also caught by stony and soft corals, sea anemones and tropical water fish.

  • The ethnographic fisherman’s farmstead

In the ethnographic fisherman’s farmstead visitors can find out about the life of the Lithuanian seaside fishermen. Here you can find out about traditional fishing e.g. how ūdos, long ropes with hooks, were used to catch cod and what the plaice parades looked like.

  • The exhibition of sea fauna

Visitors will find an impressive exhibition of marine fauna on the second floor of the central redoubt, where the illusion of mysterious sea depths has been created. The exhibition of marine fauna is divided into four thematic sections: „The Sea: the Cradle of Life”, “The Development of Life at Sea”, “The Fauna of Tropical Seas”, and “Predatory and Dangerous Sea Animals: Myths and Reality”.


  • The history of navigation

Is Lithuania a maritime nation? The answer question can be found in the navigation history exhibits of the Lithuanian Sea Museum. They are exhibited in the poterns, casemate and caponier, the yard and the gunpowder magazine of the Nerija fort. The displayed ship models, the archaeological finds and the documentary materials show the history of Lithuanian navigation.

On the fort ramparts visitors can see a large collection of ancient and modern anchors. The largest exhibits of the Lithuanian Sea Museum are displayed on the grounds of old fishing vessels.They are the Dubingiai (Type 216 medium trawler), the steel trawler PTB-7176, and the small trawler the Kolyma (Type 90 small trawler).

 The Lithuanian Sea Museum is proud of its sea-worthy exhibit kurėnas Sud. 1. Kurėnas is  the name for flat-bottomed sailing boats that were used by the fishermen of the Curonian Lagoon.


  • The mammals and the birds

A bird that does not fly – what is it? A penguin, of course! Penguins live in a specially- designed penguinarium with an outdoor pool. The first penguin exhibit opened at the Lithuanian Sea Museum in 1978.

Baltic grey seals are also bred here. These sea mammals greet visitors even before they reach the courtyard of Fort Nerija. There visitors can see Baltic grey seals swimming in the defensive fort’s moat. Following the HELCOM project, which aims to increase the population of the Baltic grey seals, every spring, one or two seals from the Lithuanian Sea Museum are are set free.

North Sea lions also live in the neighborhood of the seals’ pool. The biggest animal living in the museum is the North Sea lion nicknamed “Piratas”. He weighs approx. one tonne and consumes about 40 kg of fish every day.

Fort Nerija
Ekspozycja ptaków morskich i ssaków
Etnograficzna zagroda rybacka
Wystawa historii nawigacji
Wystawa morskiej fauny