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Exhibition ‘The Birds of the Baltic. In Harmony with the Water Element’

They merged into the landscape not to scare off their elegant models. They spent nights in the wood and got up before dawn to capture the hidden from a regular citizen. Patiently, they waited for a right moment, took pictures and then sorted hundreds and hundreds of gigabytes looking for “that very shot”. They are wildlife photographers. The Museum of the World Ocean and the Russian Union of Wildlife Photographers present a new exhibition ‘The Birds of the Baltic. In Harmony with the Water Element’.   

The study of avifauna in East Prussia and then in the Kaliningrad region has a history of two hundred years. However, detailed data on diversity of species, as well as the number and habitat of city’s and region’s birds was obtained only throughout last 35 years. We hear birdsongs in parks and forests but, unfortunately, we very often cannot tell which bird sings a certain song and how this bird looks like. Large amount of knowledge is still unavailable for mass readers and spectators. For example, only a few people know that rare and endangered species inhabit the Kaliningrad region.

Our exhibition is one more attempt to make a dialogue between human and nature, draw attention to those we may miss in a daily bustle. At the same time, significance of birds for human and nature is very high since birds are one of the most important biological chain links. The photographs are focused on the birds of the Baltic coast for the shore flora is a favorable habitat for many bird species.

The photographs at the exhibition are the result of patient work by 10 photographers, many of them are members of the Union of Wildlife Photographers of the Kaliningrad Region as well as prize-winners of diverse competitions. The Union takes part in numerous joint projects targeted at promotion of careful attitude to environment. Members of the union regularly hold photo exhibitions, meet to exchange best practices, organize photo expeditions, etc. The new exhibition project is timed for the 75th anniversary of the Kaliningrad region and it shapes a joint platform for interaction among photographers, professional ornithologists and nature fans, including support for joint ideas.
Welcome to the exhibition, come feel the harmony, beauty and elegancy of nature!

The project was prepared with the support of the Sony Centre in Kaliningrad.



They made the impossible possible and turned science fiction into reality. In 2021, we are going to talk about them all the year round – the jubilee year of Russia’s space victories. It is full of the milestones: the 60 th anniversary of human spaceflight; the 55 th anniversary of Luna-9 and Luna-10 missions; the 50 th anniversary of robotic space probe Mars 3 and the 50 th anniversary of the first space station Salyut-1. There is one more special date – the 75 th jubilee of the Kaliningrad region, the homeland of cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the Honorary Citizen of Kaliningrad.

At all times people watched the stars dreaming of space exploration as well as strived for traveling and getting to know their home, the planet Earth. We are proud that the space conquest era began in our country. On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin made the first space flight around the globe on Vostok-1. A new step into the Universe was made on spacecraft Voskhod-2 in 1965 when Alexei Leonov, our fellow-townsman, performed spacewalk. One more important date is 35 years since the legendary space station Mir started its work uniting the nations and becoming home for the first astronauts from many countries. A new exhibition ‘The Spacewalk’ at the Maritime Exhibition Centre in Svetlogorsk (branch of the Museum of the World Ocean) will tell you about prominent inventions, the first artificial satellites and latest technology for space exploration. The exhibition was prepared under support of the Government of the Kaliningrad region and in collaboration with museums and scientific production enterprises in Moscow as well as museums in the Kaliningrad region.

Visitors will see Alexei Leonov’s personal belongings (a glove of the spacesuit for spacewalk and a flying helmet), ORLAN-MKS spacesuit for spacewalk provided by ZVEZDA Research Development & Production Enterprise and an installation of the first human spacewalk (3D projection and a spacesuit model Alexei Leonov left the spacecraft). Models of modern sputniks for Earth’s surface study from the museum collection will be premiered at the exhibition. Among gems of the exhibition there are canvases by A.Leonov, A.Sokolov and Yu.Pokhodayev from the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics (Moscow), Kaliningrad Regional Museum of History and Arts and the Kaliningrad State Art Gallery. As well, the exhibition features photographs of spacecraft and photographs of Earth from the ISS by cosmonauts S.Krikalev and O.Kononenko.

Who are we in the Universe? Are we the only ones? Are we ready to meet another form of life? We continue watching the stars and try to imagine the future world as well as to answer philosopher I.Kant’s three internal questions: What should I know? What should I do? What should I hope for?

The exhibition ‘The Spacewalk’ is opened for visiting in Maritime Exhibition Centre (Svetlogorsk).

Three Reasons to See Steam Engine

The Museum of the World Ocean presents a new exhibit to its guests – a marine steam engine. The machine “arrived” to the museum from theKaliningrad nautical school where it has been a cadets’ training tool for a long period. There are at least three reasons to see an uncommon exhibit and then explore a new exhibition ‘Steam in Human’s Service’. It’s possible to travel to the past, find yourself a passenger on board an old steamer and see an assembly of a marine engine. The machine displayed at the exhibition has got special service cutouts. They let you take a look under a metal plating and see many elements in detail. You’ll be convinced that inspiration may come at an unexpected hour. According to sources, it was Scottish mechanical engineer James Watt who came to an idea of how to condensate vapor and upgrade an atmospheric engine, a herald of the technological revolution: when he spotted columns of steam rising from under laundry boiler lids due to pressure. This intriguing fact is just a small drop in the history of a steam engine you can learn at the exhibition ‘Steam in Human’s Service’.

Lovers of aesthetic and technological aspects can “travel” to Saint Petersburg and get to know about the legendary icebreaker Krassin – the exhibition is supplemented with a technical description of the icebreaker’s steam engine that was considered the best of a kind in that period of time. Today, the icebreaker Krassin is a museum’s branch in Saint Petersburg and visitors can learn more about this ship, a symbol of the national history, at the exhibition ‘Steam in Human’s Service’.

The history of the technical progress at the display ‘Steam in Human’s Service’ is on at the permanent exhibition Depth.

Tours to Lighthouse

Every Saturday, the Museum of the World Ocean invites you to an intriguing journey to the lighthouse in Zalivino Settlement by bus. First, you listen to a lecture about lighthouses and lighthouse service at the main museum building in Kaliningrad and then go to Zalivino. On your way to the settlement, you learn a lot about the region and its attractions; in Zalivino you visit a local museum and then head to a lantern tower, go up to a terrace and enjoy the Curonian Lagoon seascape. 
Each tourist gets a personal certificate certifying they have visited the lighthouse in Zalivino Settlement.
Departure: every Saturday at 10.30 a.m.

Venue: entrance to the main building of the Museum of the World Ocean (1 Petra Velikogo Embankment, Kaliningrad). 

Prior registration is required.
Tel.: +7 (4012) 53-17-44, +7-900-346-41-41.

Tickets are available at a ticket office in the main museum building.
Ticket price: adult — 900 roubles; child (aged 6 to 16) —750 roubles. 
The lighthouse is available for a self-tour as well on Saturdays at 12 pm to 2 pm (prior registration is required). 
Tickets are available via http://tickets.world-ocean.ru/ru/#id=1
Ticket price: adult — 150 roubles; child (aged 6 to 16) —100 roubles. Please, have your payment confirmation when visiting the lighthouse.
See you at the lighthouse!

Special Offer-2021 for Aquarius and Pisces


Life of representatives of these two astrological signs can become much more marvelous – the Museum of the World Ocean presents them a
free of charge visit!

  • On 1 to 28 February, born in the sign of Aquarius are welcome to the exhibition Depth for free of charge.
  • On 19  February to 20 March, born in the sign of Pisces are welcome to the museum aquarium hall for free of charge.

Please, take a document proving your date of birth when planning a visit to the museum. The special offer is not available for the “Combined ticket” including a visit to aquariums, exhibitions Depth and The World of Travel.


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