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.


Museum Staff Awarded with State Prizes


Svetlana Sivkova, director general of the Museum of the World Ocean, and Larisa Zubina, deputy director general for science, were awarded the
State Prizes at the ceremony in the Government of the Kaliningrad region.

Governor Anton Alikhanov awarded director general Svetlana Sivkova with the title ‘Honorary Citizen of the Kaliningrad Region’. The decision was made at the meeting of the Kaliningrad Regional Duma. According to Anton Alikhanov, the Museum of the World Ocean is one of the leading institutions shaping a cultural image of the Kaliningrad region. Russia’s maritime heritage is our national honor and glory and future generations’ pride. Thanks to Ms Sivkova the museum solves tasks on heritage preservation and development at a very high level. Deputy director general for science Larisa Zubina was awarded with the Second Class Civilian Medal of the Order ‘For Merit to the Fatherland’. Ms Zubina has worked at the museum since 2001 and now she is a leader of a work group for the permanent exhibition at the Planet Ocean complex to be opened in 2021-2022.

The governor expressed his congratulations to the awardees and wished good health, wellbeing and new achievements.


Prussian Cat Week 2021

Spring is coming and the Prussian Cat, a keeper of keys at the Koenig Gate, invites his kinsmen to a traditional Prussian Cat Week 2021 held on
March 3 to 13, 2021.

The previous year was hard and made us spend many hours in a lockdown. We travelled virtually: looked through photo albums, watched videos and TV, read books. Let cats who drop at the Prussian Cat’s this year tell us about their journeys. We are happy to announce a topic of the Prussian Cat Week 2021 – Cats-Travelers. We invite diverse cats to the exhibition, such as knitted, sewn, sculptures and created of different materials (only 3D works) by participants of various age. Due to limited display area, we accept one work per one author and up to five works from children’s creative teams. Family teams are also welcome!

The best works will be selected by voting and then awarded.
Closure and award ceremonies take place on 13 March 2021 at 13.00.
Please, bring your articles to the Koenig Gate on 20 to 27 February (11.00-18.30), on February 25 (12.00-19.00).
Days-off: Mon & Tue.
Address: 112 Frunze Street, Kaliningrad
Please, call: +7.4012.58.12.72.

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.

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