New: Graffiti ‘Sea Port’ at Museum Embankment


The Museum of the World Ocean is presenting a new open-air project – ‘Sea Port’ graffiti – in honor of the 75 th anniversary of the Kaliningrad region. The painting will be made on the façade of Packgaus housing the permanent exhibition ‘Maritime Koenigsberg-Kaliningrad’ devoted to the history of the port city and regional shipbuilding development. The 180-m² graffiti will appear on the north side facing Bagramyan Street.

According to authors, the picture will be a mix of constructivism and modern street art. The artists’ team leader is Andris Slapiņš. He worked in Moscow, made projects for the Kaliningrad Zoo and Kalininart festival. The opening is planned on April 20.


Smuggler’s Treasures


The Museum of the World Ocean and the State Darwin Museum present a joint exhibition – ‘Smugglers Treasures’.

Unfortunately, illegal rare animals trade is still the most profitable shady business. According to Interpol, smuggling wild animals, birds and plants generates a $6-9 million turnover a year. The last pristine corners of wild nature all around the word are devastated for meat, skins, leather, perfume ingredients, medicines, and adornments as well as for breeding exotic pets. The rarer a species is, the higher a price is and the more animals are exterminated.

The exhibition ‘Smuggler’s Treasures’ ruins the myths about the ugly business. We hope, visitors will never favour rare animal smuggling, consciously or unconsciously.

The exhibition is coming soon at the exhibition hall Packgaus (Petra Velikogo Embankment, 5).


Weapons of Forgotten Eras at Koenig Gate


A new exhibition of the Museum of the World Ocean ‘Weapons of Forgotten Eras’ features historic cold weapons (axes, spears, maces, bludgeons, halberds) from Vladimir Gushchyan’s private collection.

Over 20 exhibits tell about the peoples used to inhabit the present-day territory of Russia and Europe. As well, they show what weapons were applied by Vikings, Prussians, Curonians, etc. The oldest artifact is 1,000 years old (10 th century) and the newest one – the Teuton axe – is dated the 16th century. Guests learn the history of weapons, their modifications and production techniques. They can compare weapons of different countries and peoples. All the artifacts are original and restored. The exhibition ‘Weapons of Forgotten Eras’ is for fans of weapon history, archeology, culture history of the present-day Europe and Russia.

The exhibition is on at the Koenig Gate from March 19 to late June, 2021.


Ocean through Eyes of Scientists

Within the annual Festival of Science organized by the Museum of the World Ocean, the Atlantic Branch of the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology and the AtlantNIRO present a joint exhibition project “The Ocean through the Eyes of Scientists”.

Collaboration between the museum staff and scientists resulted in 20 unique photographs made during research expeditions to diverse locations on Earth. Antarctica, the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea coast and other corners of the planet were caught by our talented fellow-townsmen’s cameras. As well, the exhibition features macrophotography that is of a great interest in the scientific community. The Kaliningrad region is a locality with unique cultural, spiritual, economic and social assets. This is a marine land where modern naval, fishing and research fleets are based. With the unique photographs handed over to the museum collection, the museum and scientists fulfill a very important mission for preservation of the history of the World Ocean exploration and promotion of science.The new exhibition project makes it possible to peep into laboratories on research vessels, see how scientific discoveries are made and enjoy the World Ocean through the eyes of people who study its riches, laws and character. As well, one can think about a great role of the ocean in the planet’s wellbeing and a necessity to study it as much extensively as possible. The exhibition “The Ocean through the Eyes of Scientists” is on till the end of February, 2021.

The P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS is the oldest and largest research oceanographic centre in Russia. This is the only Russia’s institute dealing with research in all the branches of nautical sciences,  including physics, climatology, chemistry, biology and geology of the ocean as well as with independent design of nautical research tools and equipment. The Institute is also the only Russia’s centre conducting research in all the oceans including the Arctic and subantarctic waters of the Southern Ocean as well as a majority of marginal and inland seas. The Baltic Branch of the VNIRO was founded in spring 1949. In 1956, the branch was reorganized into an independent institute – the BaltNIRO; in 1962 – into the Atlantic Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (AtlantNIRO); in 2019 the AtlantNIRO was integrated into the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography and became the Atlantic Branch of the VNIRO (AtlantNIRO). To protect the interests of the national fisheries, the AtlantNIRO takes part in seven regional international organizations and cooperates with foreign research centres. The Institute targets its work at setting up scientific and informational support for the national fishing industry in the regions assigned to the AtlantNIRO as well as at developing guidelines on efficient use of water bioresources.

Maritime Cultural Heritage of Russia: Baltic Sea

The book “The Maritime Cultural Heritage of Russia: the Baltic Sea” jointly prepared by the Museum of the World Ocean and the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology (Atlantic Branch) has been published.

For many years, the Museum of the World Ocean has preserved and promoted national maritime cultural heritage simultaneously attaching wider
sense to this task. The legendary historic vessels are moored at the museum quay and its exhibitions revive maritime traditions. Besides preservation of ships and architectural monuments, the museum takes an active part in the fortune of maritime cultural heritage objects both in the Kaliningrad region and other regions of Russia. The Russian Baltic cultural heritage objects are of a special interest.

The partnership between the Museum of the World Ocean and the Atlantic Branch of the Institute of Oceanology RAS made it possible to jointly work at implementation of the BalticRIM: Baltic Sea Region Integrated Maritime Cultural Heritage Management and at preparing a unique publication “The Maritime Cultural Heritage of Russia: the Baltic Sea”. Together, the Museum of the World Ocean, the Institute of Oceanology and the Scientific and Research Institute of Maritime Spatial Planning Ermak NorthWest (Saint Petersburg) made a database of maritime cultural heritage objects in the Southeast Baltic and the Gulf of Finland, including a description of the objects, their location coordinates and other characteristics.

This is the first book of the kind containing summarized information on land maritime cultural heritage objects (lighthouses, hydrotechnical facilities, castles and fortifications, monuments, etc.) as well as information on underwater archeological objects – wrecks, both identified and unidentified. The descriptions are supplemented with colourful photographs and the map featuring the most interesting maritime cultural heritage objects in the Kaliningrad and Leningrad regions. 

Laborious work on data analysis, description and classification of maritime cultural heritage objects of the Southeast Baltic makes the publication
unique and valuable for the audience dealing with professional study of maritime cultural heritage. Accessible presentation makes it a true guide book along historic monuments, so it will be interesting for a wide circle of readers.

Russia is a great marine power with an access to two oceans and thirteen seas. Concern for maritime heritage is one of the key elements of a national public image at the international arena. We are glad the book “The Maritime Cultural Heritage of Russia: the Baltic Sea” was published on the 325 th anniversary of the Russian Fleet and hope the publication will attract attention to maritime cultural heritage objects as well as become an important stage in solving the issues of their preservation.

The publication in Russian and English is available at the Russian library and scientific collections and holdings.

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