Exhibition buildings MARITIME KOENIGSBERG-KALININGRAD and PACKGAUS
A port was located on the present territory of the Museum of the World Ocean. Port facilities and buildings had been built there since the XVII century. Very often they burned down and were then reconstructed and changed.
The port warehouses where the Maritime Koenigsberg-Kaliningrad and Packgaus exhibition buildings are located now were constructed in the XIX century. A moorage wall and a cobblestone road were most likely made in the same period. In the mid-XIX century a railway bridge (that still remains) was constructed and later – a large railway junction for transship cargo being transported from warehouses to be loaded into wagons and then transferred to its destination.
The territory along the Pregol river was damaged during the WWII. The moorage wall and the cobblestone road were restored by the museum in 2000-2003, the buildings – in 2006-2007. Today the buildings, the moorage wall, the cobblestone road, the railway bridge and open-air museum exhibits are reminiscent of the old town corner of the mid-XIX century.
The Maritime Koenigsberg-Kaliningrad exhibition building houses a similarly-named exposition and a restored ship of the XIX century found in the Yantarny sandpit. A gallery for temporary exhibitions is located on the first floor. Prominent Russian and foreign exhibitions are displayed in the Packgaus. The building was restored within a year and on July 13, 2007 it was opened to take part in the City’s Day celebrations. The Packgaus exhibition building is the city’s only exhibition hall satisfying the requirements of the top museums of the world. The hall is equipped with a Hanwell climate control system and the necessary security barriers. Showcases are equipped with specialized light-emitting diodes safe for museum exhibits.
Kant’s Bench is one of the dominating structures nearby the exhibition buildings. Presumably in the late XVIII-early XIX centuries, Immanuel Kant, the outstanding philosopher and Albertina professor, used to walk here. This route was called Kant’s path. In his declining years he liked to visit this area and watch the vibrant life of the old Koenigsberg port. Kant used to say: “If you want to see the whole world you should not leave Koenigsberg, just visit the port and see it!” Today you can walk along Kant’s path, see artifacts of the old town, take a seat on Kant’s bench and touch the great philosopher’s hat and walking stick.