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The 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica

In 2020 Russia marks the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica. Employees of the Museum of the World Ocean are taking part in the most ambitious round-the-world sailing expedition held in honor to this date. In addition to performing scientific tasks they will have to implement exhibition projects on board the barques. One of these exhibitions is “P.N. Mikhailov. Journey to the South Pole” made in collaboration with the State Russian Museum.

The Museum of the World Ocean decided not only to develop the project, but also to get its guests acquainted with modern technologies used for the study of Antarctica. There are two projects aimed to accomplish this. The first project is a kind of journey into the past. The artworks of Pavel Mikhailov tell about the famous expedition of Bellingshausen and Lazarev who discovered the sixth continent - Antarctica. Replicas are not only made in the same format as the originals, but also accurately convey the itinerary of the expedition as well as the skill of the artist. The second project tells about the technologies used by scientists to study Antarctica 200 years after its discovery. Displayed items were received from “Vostok” station named after one of the sloops used in the discovery of the southern mainland. Under the station there is the largest subglacial lake on the continent. There are thermal drill bits presented at the exhibition that were used to reach the lake.

Both exhibitions provide a great chance to see the distant, discover Antarctica for yourself and learn the history of the South Pole.

To Reserve Shores of Kamchatka

The Museum of the World Ocean invites you to travel to Kamchatka shores. Today, in the age of hi-tech and smart gadgets, impressions and emotions are probably the most precious things. We draw them from beauty, breathtaking discoveries and journeys. The museum is a unique place where even one single exhibition can give an opportunity to travel.

Kamchatka... This corner on the planet is the most desired place for a trip but the most difficult of access as well. Those who were lucky to visit it become its adherents forever and try to return to this fairy-tale area.

The Museum of the World Ocean invites you to the magic land of geysers and volcanoes that is in the list of 25 top amazing places on the planet tourists should visit in 2020 by National Geographic magazine. Almost thirty pictures taken by professional photographers will give you an unforgettable encounter with nature and fauna of the Komandorsky Nature Reserve and Kronotsky Nature Reserve. Most probably, visitors have never seen a sperm-whale, killer whales and a humpback whale so close in natural environment!

Photographs will make you feel a part of this thrilling world of wild nature and learn who the Baird's beaked whale is, how the Kuril harbour seals look like and that the tufted puffin is a very cute bird but not a sort of a muffin. More mind-blowing facts are waiting for you at the exhibition “To Reserve Shores of Kamchatka”.

Schedule shift

Dear visitors,
The amphibious plane Be-12 is temporarily closed for visiting due to technical reasons.
Thank you for your understanding. Please, take this information into account when planning your visit to the museum.

The Piligrim's Palette

The Museum of the World Ocean made a true Christmas gift for citizens and guests of Kaliningrad Fyodor Konyukhov’s world of journeys has been presented for the first time ever in Kaliningrad as the exhibition “The Pilgrim’s Palette”. You’ll be surprised but the famous traveler and got well-known not only by his unique expeditions but his fine artist’s skill as well. All his impressions, emotions, feelings and discoveries are “splashed” on canvas. Fyodor Konyukhov personally presented his 50 art works at the opening ceremony held at the exhibition hall Maritime Koenigsberg-Kaliningrad.

The paintings and graphics from Viktoria and Vadim Tsyganov’s private collection embrace the three decades of travelling around the world – starting from the early works created in the 1970s-1980s and finishing with the canvases painted in the 2000s-2010s. The famous singer and producer have been collecting Konyukhov’s works for a long time. The collection has already been presented in Saint Petersburg and  habarovsk; Kaliningrad is the third city where audience can enjoy the works by the famous researcher and traveler The exhibition is displayed from  ecember 20, 2019 to March 9, 2020.

People Of The Sea

A unique ethnographic exhibition – People of the Sea – is waiting for you at the Maritime Exhibition Centre in Svetlogorsk.

A unique ethnographic collection moves 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.


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