ul. Tokarska 21-25,
Tue - Sun:
10:00 - 10:00
The Maritime Culture Centre is a new department of the Polish Maritime Museum opened in April 2012. Located right in the centre of the old Gdańsk, the Museum plays the role of a maritime educational centre. It is one of the most modern museums both in Pomerania and Poland as well as the only Polish museum which presents information related to maritime subject combining it with multimedia techniques and interactivity.
Despite its contemporary architecture with glass walls and ceiling, this modern facility was designed to preserve the style of historic buildings of the Gdańsk city, therefore it perfectly fits with other buildings along Długie Pobrzeże (Long Riverbank) and Rybackie Pobrzeże (Fishing Riverbank).
The Maritime Culture Centre offers three exhibitions – two of them are permanent and one is temporary. What is really different about the Centre comparing to other museums is its greatest attraction – an interactive permanent exhibition "People-Ships-Ports" with a water tank and remote-controlled models of floating ships and yachts. It is worth participating in a sailing regatta in order to learn how to trim the sails. Visitors can also learn about work in port and how to load goods (rice, cocoa, fruit) to a container with a forklift. On the other hand, fans of travelling into the ocean’s depth can take the bathyscaphe helm to go on a virtual trip to the shipwreck located right at the ocean’s bottom. It is the only exhibition in Poland where visitors can enter the captain’s bridge, transmit a message in Morse code, as well as start a whirlpool and tsunami waves.
The exhibition "Boats of the People of the World" with a rich collection of boats, from an Eskimo kayak to a Venetian gondola, is situated on the second floor. This exhibition presents boats of the people from nearly all parts of the world, including Norway, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Tanzania, Panama, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ghana, Vietnam or Samoa. It contains 41 vessels selected from the collection of the Polish Maritime Museum. Most of them have been donated by seamen, particularly sea captains and crews of Polish ships who starting from mid-1960s to late 1980s were collecting these valuable artefacts while sailing seas and oceans and brought them to Poland. All the presented vessels are accompanied with magnificent photos of the areas where they were or still are used. Six multimedia kiosks contain descriptions of ethnographical, geographical and sociological conditions as well as history and construction of the vessels. Visitors can find more than 1,000 photos and films there.
The area of the third floor is used for temporary exhibitions. Currently there is an exhibition "Submerge and discover the secrets of the Baltic wrecks" which presents a rich collection of the Polish Maritime Museum in the area of maritime archaeology and conservation of shipwrecks excavated from the sea. In more than 42 years, three research ships, the "Modra Woda", "Wodnik", "Kaszubski Brzeg", as well as numerous teams of divers and archaeologists have explored over 30 shipwrecks. The exhibition shows the most famous and spectacular discoveries made in the Baltic Sea which still arouse international interest (i.a. merchant vessel called the Copper Ship, galleon the "Solen", merchant ship "De Jonge Seerp", "General Carleton").