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In Water Again

Ancestors of some modern sea giants would walk on land on their four legs million years ago. It is hard to imagine today but ‘heredity’ manifests itself one way or another among modern inhabitants of the ocean. They breathe with atmospheric air, have got a placenta, feed babies with milk and have got certain skeleton features. A “family saga” about three orders of modern marine mammals – whales, dugongs and pinnipeds, dwelling in the World Ocean, is presented at the exhibition ‘In Water Again’. We can assure you, that the stories created by nature are going to thrill you much better than ideas of famous film directors!

Transformation of ancient terrestrial animals into modern marine ones is perfectly demonstrated by osteological and paleontological specimens. Do you know that hippos are the closest relatives of whales and that the first whales inhabited land and looked like dogs, that walruses are relative to bears and that otters and weasels are kindred to earless seals? 

The most ancient animal the exhibition tells about is the Pakicetus. It was a common ancestor of present-day whales, looked like a dog and existed 50 million years ago. Following the instinct to search for food and occupy areas (by the way, the same wish makes humankind fly to space!), the Pakicetus moved into water from land millions of years ago to adjust to a new habitat.

A collection of ancient shark teeth, presented at the exhibition as well, tells about the laws of survival: a megalodon tooth reaches 18 cm, so its owner’s size strikes us!

Paleo art adds to the exhibition – this is the most scientific genre. These are pictures by artist Roman Evseev, he depicts extinct ancestors of modern marine mammals in their natural habitat. Actually, these are “images of the past” of our planet.

The display ‘In Water Again’ is on at the permanent exhibition ‘Depth’ (main building of the Museum of the World Ocean). 

 


Petrine marks in the Kaliningrad Land

 

In 2022, Russia is celebrating the 350th anniversary of the first Russian emperor Peter the Great. We are getting ready for the jubilee events and have already opened a new exhibition at the ‘Ship’s Revival’ historical and cultural centre (Friedrichsburg Gate). In this regard, the Museum of the World Ocean is happy to invite you to ‘The Petrine Marks in the Kaliningrad Land’.

A new project is devoted to Peter the Great’s numerous visits to Prussia: young tsar’s travels on land as well as along inner waterways via the lagoons, rivers and channels. The exhibition gives a deeper understanding of the region’s past, it helps to keep the memory of historic places related to Peter I and brings you closer to the personality of the Russian crown-bearing reformer.

At the exhibition you’ll learn the following:

  • where the first fireworks, welcoming the Russian monarch to Prussia, were saluted;
  • where Peter I stayed in Koenigsberg and who was his trusted representative;
  • what surviving buildings and houses “witnessed” the young tsar;
  • how Peter spent his time in Koenigsberg and what impressed the future emperor most.

Having studied a huge number of materials, the authors made a very interesting document – a map displaying the young tsar’s travel route in Prussia in different periods. The exhibition features prints (engravings) of towns, castles and
fortresses as well as modern photographs of cultural heritage objects, whi ch witnessed Peter I in this land. Come to the Friedrichsburg Gate and make a real journey along significant Petrinespots in the Kaliningrad Land!

The exhibition is on until late 2022.

 


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.

 


Spacewalk

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.

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