Palanga Amber Museum

Palanga, Lithuania

The Palanga Amber Museum houses a collection of amber comprising about 28,000 pieces, of which about 15,000 contain inclusions of insects, spiders, or plants. About 4,500 pieces of amber are exhibited; many of these are items of artwork and jewelry. Amber workshops appeared in Palanga during the 17th century; guilds devoted to the material functioned in Brügge, Lübeck, Danzig, and Königsberg. By the end of the 18th century Palanga was the center of the Russian Empire's amber industry. In the years preceding World War I about 2,000 kilograms of raw amber were processed in Palanga annually.

The exhibition areas open to the public include 15 rooms covering about 750 square meters. A chapel connected to the palace houses temporary exhibitions. The museum is thematically divided into the scientific and cultural/artistic aspects of amber.

The museum is located to Tiškevičiai Palace, a Neo-Renaissance style palace built in 1893-1897. The palace is surrounded by a park with ponds, fountains, and collections of rare plants. The palace is surrounded by the Palanga Botanical Garden.

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Founded: 1963
Category: Museums in Lithuania

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Marius Puzauskas (4 months ago)
This is Lithuanian amber history - must see if you are first time in Palanga or never been in this museum before!
Simona Tumėnaitė (5 months ago)
Such an interesting exposition! My favourite part was looking at the amber inclusions through the magnifying glass - you can see all the tiny bugs and animals that have been preserved for millions of years. There were some pre-historic amber items, amber jewllery, different types of amber were explained. There's also a beautiful park and a botanical garden in the area. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area given entry is quite cheap!
Clara Sá (5 months ago)
This is a very interesting place for those who enjoy history, besides, the gardens surrounding the museum are quite beautiful.
Beastier (5 months ago)
Nice place to visit, even with masks! There is a lot of amber under magnifying glasses that show bug, pretty cool! Definitely recommended.
Tomas Lyčius (6 months ago)
We visit it every year. It's became a tradition. The whole park area is great.
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