Central Maritime Museum

Gdańsk, Poland

The history of the museum dates back to 1960 when the Pomeranian Museum (now the National Museum) set up an independent branch under the name “Maritime Department”. Two years later this department became a separate institution based in the famous Zuraw Crane in Gdansk. The museum then took over several barns on Olowianka Island. Apart from these and the Wielki Zuraw Crane the other divisions are the Fisheries Museum in Hel, the River Vistula Museum in Tczew and two ships, SS Soldek and Dar Pomorza. The newest addition is the Centre of Maritime Culture.

The museums’ collections relate to the history of ports, shipbuilding, shipping and trade. Among them are historic examples of the craft of shipbuilding, salvage, ship fittings, navigational equipment, propulsion systems, handguns and deck cannons, etc. There are also interesting collections of models of Slavic boats, Gdansk’s medieval ships, warships from the 16th and 17th centuries, Polish merchant and passenger ships between 1920 and 1939 and river boats and tugs built after 1945. The collection also includes examples of vessels from Oceania, Indonesia and Africa. The museum houses art collections with a maritime theme.



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Founded: 1960
Category: Museums in Poland


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Andrei Klimonow (12 months ago)
I was there with my family. Amazing place. Absolutely must see. !
Adéla Vondráková (12 months ago)
It’s a disgrace! Rude staff that yells at you. All texts are in Polish only and if you take the effort to translate some of them you find out they don’t say anything more than the pure name of the object. Don’t expect to learn when and how were those items used, who were the people or what is the importance of some particular technology. Terrible museum with no concept where nobody took the effort to sort the artifacts into a real exhibition. Don’t go there if you’re interested in navy, if you like museums or if you want to learn. The only reasons to visit this place are pouring rain and playing hide and seek.
Martin Pluskal (13 months ago)
Overall very nice museum, unfortunately all texts are polish only. Stuff is sort of rude - we got yelled at by ticket selling lady and security guy for not leaving our bags at lockers by entrance - yet there is no sign saying you have to do so :(
Szymon Łada (13 months ago)
One of the best museums in Poland, make sure to reserve some more time for it - at least 2h.
Sju Georgine Thorup (15 months ago)
Well-made and informative exhibitions. No English texts, only Polish. No elevator for visitors. You have to walk the stairs up and down several floors.
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