- Last Updated on Sunday, 13 March 2016 14:35
On April 16, a unique ethnographic exhibition – People of the Sea – opens at the Maritime Exhibition Centre in Svetlogorsk. By this date, the museum staff are to transform 3 000 m² into a “Southeast Asia”. A unique ethnographic collection will move visitors to the world of primitive tribes, mystery religions and excellent handicraft by native artists. About 1 000 items – cult objects, masks, puppets, weapons – were collected by a German traveler in Indonesia (New Guinea, Java, Timor, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Bali) as well as in India, China and Nepal in the 1960s-90s. These people’s life is closely interrelated with the sea, so it is clearly seen in the materials, symbols and themes. According to the ethnographers, it is one of the five best collections in Europe. In 2015, a Russian entrepreneur and patron V.Shcherbakov acquired the collection and lent it to the Museum of the World Ocean for a display. Guests have already got to know a small part of the collection at the Maritime Exhibition Centre. Some exhibits are exclusive and displayed in Russia for the first time.
The exhibition is located on two levels: on the ground floor one can get to know unique primitive cultures of New Guinea: Asmat and Dani tribes. Exhibits devoted to the culture and art of Bali, Hindustan and Southeast Asia will be presented in the largest hall.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 19:19
The Komandorsky Nature Reserve invites you to get to know the amazing world of seabirds of the Commander Islands! Тhe Museum of the World Ocean is waiting for you at the photo exhibition “Winged Travellers. The Seabirds of theKomandorsky Nature Reserve”. The main heroes of the exhibition are bright tufted and horned puffins, pelagic and red-faced cormorants, glaucous-winged gulls and red-legged kittiwakes, guillemots, pigeon guillemots and many other birds. Once these wonderful birds inspired poets to write poems, that is why they accompany the birds’ photographs! The photographs were taken by Eugeniy Mamayev, Deputy Director for Science (Komandorsky Nature Reserve), marine biologist, photographer and expert of the Commander Islands fauna. See you on February 4 to March 15, 2016 in the Maritime Koenigsberg-Kaliningrad exhibition hall. Regular working hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 09:11
The Museum of the World Ocean, the Doll Club and the designer’s workshop invite you to the Mansard in Packgaus exhibition hall. Here, under the roof, you will find a very fairy-tale exhibition. Doll designers from Kaliningrad oblast have created an amazing world that will bring you joy and some magic.
Artists presented their works in a new viewpoint – these are not just toys for kids but art objects of high quality. The dolls show various emotions and feelings. They work true wonders and tell absorbing winter’s tale asking you to be its character. Creation of each doll is a complex and laborious task combining various kinds of art since designers work as artists, decorators, stylists, sculptors and sometimes as architects.
Dolls are not just designers’ hobby but their way of life. A doll cannot be created in a hurry. It takes weeks and months to complete its image and let it want to be “born” and see the world with its naive doll’s eyes. Each doll is unique and there are no two similar ones. But a visitor can move to a doll’s kingdom and their childhood as well as order a doll for themselves. Maybe you would like to create your own fairy-tale character, though?
The works at the exhibition were created by Oksana Sviderskaya (Polessk), Irina Zhevako (Zelenogradsk), Anastasia Fomina and Ekaterina Nikiforova (Pionersk), Svetlana Klein (Baltijsk), Alla Ladik, Elena Orlova, Oksana Sakharova, Albina Leonenko, Elena Lavrik, Natalya Samoylova and Valentina Nikiforova (Kaliningrad).
See you on the Mansard in Packgaus. Visit the magic doll’s world and you are sure to move to a fairy-tale!
- Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 07:27
The Museum of the World Ocean invites you to the new exposition “Depth” located in the museum depository building and outside. Here you can see the collections of barometers, current meters, hydrophysic probes, underwater cameras, optical tools, etc. But the main exhibits are the submersible manned vehicle “Mir-1” and one of the biggest sperm-whale skeletons in the world. It order to put the legendary vehicle in the building it was necessary to lay special durable industrial flooring. Moreover, a special 4 x 4-meter doorway was made since sometimes “Mir” will have to leave the museum and make breathtaking descents.
The expositions answers many questions: how to measure depth, what vehicles are needed to dive at great depth, whether the life exists at maximum depth, etc.
Visitors can also watch fascinating videos devoted to exploration of the oceanic depth.
Moreover, visitors can climb into a descent module (space capsule), “Tethys” submersible, and pressure chamber. Interesting facts about the “Mir” submersibles “Mir” is a self-propelled deep submergence vehicle. The project was initially developed by the USSR Academy of Sciences (now the Russian Academy of Sciences) along with Design Bureau "Lazurith". Later two vehicles were ordered from Finland. The “Mir-1” and “Mir-2”, delivered in 1987, were designed and built by the Finnish company “Rauma-Repola's Oceanics” subsidiary. The project was carried out under the supervision of constructors and engineers of the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology. The “Mir” submersibles can dive to a maximum depth of 6,000 metres. The carrier and command centre of both “Mir” submersibles is the R/V “Akademik Mstislav Keldysh”. The two “Mir” units are operated by the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1987-2005, 35 expeditions in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean were made with the “Mir” submersibles, nine of them were devoted to consequence management of the atomic submarines “Komsomolets” and “Kursk” wrecks.
In the mid 1990s and early 2000s, the “Mir” vehicles were used by Canadian film director James Cameron to film the wreck of the RMS “Titanic”, resting at a depth of 3,821 meters, for his 1997 film “Titanic” and documentaries such as “Ghosts of the Abyss”, and to film the wreck of the “Bismarck”, resting at a depth of 4,700 meters, for his 2002 documentary film “Expedition: Bismarck”.
On December, 24 2003 Anatoliy Sagalevich, Director of the Russian Deepwater submersibles Laboratory, was awarded an “Underwater Oscar” by the American Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences at the scientific council of P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology.
On August, 2007 the “Mir” submersibles performed the first manned descent to the seabed under the Geographic North Pole to a depth of 4 300 meters. On the seabed “Mir-1” planted a one meter tall rustproof flag of Russia and left a time capsule containing a message for future generations. The submersibles experienced pressure of 430 atmospheres that was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
In August-September, the submersibles “Mir-1” and “Mir-2” made 60 dives in various points of Baikal. In 2009, 100 submersions were made.
In 2011, the submersibles “Mir-1” and “Mir-2” explored Lake Geneva, one of the largest European lakes.
Test depth 6 000 m
Energy supply 100 kW/h
Life support supply 246 operator hours
Maximum speed 5 kn
Buoyancy reserve (on surface) 290 kg
Displacement 18.6 t
Length 7.8 m
Beam (with side motors) 3.8 m
Height 3 m
Complement 3 persons
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 16:36
The new exposition “Depth” opened on December 12, presents many exhibits and the central ones are the submersible “Mir-1” and the giant sperm-whale skeleton. However, there is one more object that attracts guests with its uniqueness – a real gray whale’s heart. It was delivered from Saint-Petersburg just before the museum depository was opened. The exhibit was “created” by the specialists of the International Morphological Centre.
The heart was got with the permission of the Department of Farming Policy and Nature Management of Chukotka Autonomous Region. The animal was got by hunting quota that is given to native people of the North in order to support their traditional life. The material was frozen, put into a container and then transported to Moscow. Later, the heart was delivered to Kaliningrad where it was temporary stored at AtlantNIRO.
By the way, there are only a few exhibited mammals’ hearts in the world, mainly these are wet mounts or models. The heart was made in a polymeric embalming (plastination) technique that appeared relatively not long ago. The inventor of this method was Gunther von Hagens, he took out a patent in 1978. In comparison with traditional wet mounts these exhibits are non-toxic, keep its natural form and can be studied both visually and tactually, have got no expiry date, demand no containers for storage and are very durable. They can be demonstrated at the exhibition or any other public presentations.
The whale’s heart was a bit damaged while being taken out by Chukchi hunters. Nevertheless, professional anatomists almost smoothed them and guests of the exhibition “Depth” can see a real whale’s heart and even compare their hearts with it. How to do it? Just compare your fist with the heart and see the difference.
By the way, there will be a walrus’ heart here as well. Brief information The gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. It reaches a length of 14.9 meters (49 ft), a weight of 36 tonnes (40 short tons), and lives between 55 and 70 years. The common name of the whale comes from the gray patches and white mottling on its dark skin.