Exhibitions

The Museum’s permanent exhibition illustrating Polish maritime history from earliest times to the present day is on show in the former granaries on Ołowianka Island, delightfully named "Panna" (Virgin), "Miedę" (Copper) and "Oliwski" (Oliwa). Displayed in 9 large halls, the exhibits include a large 9th century logboat, constructional elements of a 15th-century holk, historical and present-day models of ships, navigational instruments, ships’ fittings and furniture, parts of cargoes, ships’ artillery, sailors’ personal effects, flags, models of ports, wharves and loading/unloading facilities, shipbuilding tools and numerous works of marine art. Many exhibits are artifacts recovered from the wrecks of ships explored by the Museum’s team of underwater archaeologists.

 

 

 

The museum-ship "Sołdek" is moored at the reconstructed wooden wharf in front of the granaries. She was the first steamship built in Poland at the Gdańsk Shipyard after the 2nd World War. She is 87 m long, 12.2 m in the beam, has a draught of 5.5 m and displacement of 2560 DWT. Apart from the ship herself — former holds, crew’s quarters, mess, galley, engine room, steam boilers, bridge etc. — you can visit exhibition on the building of the ship and her history.

 

Opposite Ołowianka, on the left bank of the Motł.awa River, the famous ˚uraw (Crane), the unique 15th-century port crane, always arouses great interest. A temporary exhibition "Sea and Rivers in Polish Painting" is on there at the moment.

In the building next door to the ˚uraw there is an exhibition of traditional types of rowing and sailing boats from Asia, Africa, America and the Pacific Islands. There are also models of boats from those parts of the world, as well as pictures showing them in operation.

An exhibition "Tropical sea-shells" accompanies the boats.

 

 

The "Dar Pomorza", built in 1909, was the sail-training ship of the Polish Merchant Fleet from 1930 to 1981. She had carried out 105 voyages, covering a total of 509,000 nautical miles and called 319 times at 140 ports. A total of 13,911 future merchant navy officers had been trained on her board. She was the first ship flying the Polish flag to sail round Cape Horn. Participated in numerous regattas — in 1972 and 1980 she came first in "Operation Sail". Technical data: length with bowsprit - 91m., length b.p. - 72.6 m., breadth - 12.6 m., draught - 5.7 m., three-masted square-rigger, with sail area of 1,900 sq.m. Speed under sail 5 knots (highest achieved 17 knots). Permanent crew of 28 men and 150-200 cadets.

 

 

The Fisheries Museum is located in the historic, 15th-century church building of St. Peter at Hel, well-known centre of fishery. The Museum’s collection illustrates the history of traditional Polish coastal fishing in the Baltic. The value of the collection lies in the fact that it has preserved for posterity various aspects of a culture which is dying out.

The exhibition "The History of Fishery in the Gulf of Gdańsk" presents traditional fishing boats, methods and nets, typical for that region cooperative organizations called " maszoperie" as well as the history of the Hel Peninsula and the town of Hel.

The area surrounding the Museum building is given over to an open-air exhibition of local fishing boats, the only one of its kind in Poland.

 

 

 

 

Ever since the Stone Age, the Vistula has played an important part in the culture of Polish lands: it has been a defensive rampart, a route of communication, a focus for settlement, a spur to the development of trade and industry. Navigation on the Vistula has exerted a great influence on the history of our nation. From the 15th to the 18th century, when Poland was "the granary of Europe", it played a leading role in European history. The exhibition "History of Vistula Navigation" displays among other things the part of an authentic cargo of good rafted down the Vistula which was excavated from the wreck of a 15th-century ship, the so-called "copper wreck". The second permanent exhibition is "Folk boats of the Vistula catchment area".

 

 

 

The Rozewie lighthouse is one of the oldest preserved monuments of navigational technology and is of exceptional historical value. The top of the lighthouse affords a beautiful panorama of the Coastal Landscape Park.

Together with the Gdynia Maritime Office, the Polish Maritime Museum in Gdańsk organized an exhibition entitled "The History of Lighthouses" which since 1964 has been in the care of the Society of Friends of the Polish Maritime Museum. Similar exhibitions have been organized also in the lighthouses at Stilo, Hel and Krynica Morska.