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Kant’s Bench is one of the dominating structures nearby the exhibition buildings. Presumably in the late 18th early 19th 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.
A sculpture composition by Stanislaus Cauer at the territory of the Old Port landscape park always attracts visitors’ attention. Charming “little angels” appeared at the museum in 2010. Before that the fountain “travelled” a lot. Before the war, the “Puttenbrunnen” – that is a correct name – was found near the guardhouse of the Koenigsberg Castle. That is why it was not destroyed in 1944 during the bombing by the British aviation. After the war, the “little angles” changed their location again and were put at the territory of the Kaliningrad Port Hospital. For several decades, they were abandoned in the courtyard. Patients did not get better when they looked at the fountain in very poor conditions, so physician-in-chief V. Svistunov decided to hand the German sculptor’s art work to the Museum of the World Ocean. Here, at the museum, the fountain was restored and for the first time launched in 2011.
Today every person can enjoy the restored and born-again fountain and monument at the territory of the museum. “Kids” have become an integral part of the city’s history and an important part of its landscape.