Lietuvos jūrų muziejus (Lithuanian Sea Museum)

City: Klaipeda

Contry: Lithuania

Province: Klaipeda

Opend 28 July 1979


Species 100

This small aquarium is quite interesting, not only becourse of its dolphinarium or the penguins and seals. The aquarium is situated in the Kopgaliss Fortress from 1865 built by the prussians

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Last visitet 2013



Lithuanian Sea Museum
Smiltynes St. 3
LT- 93100 Klaipeda


Phone 46 49 22 50



Open minimum May-October wednesday - sunday 10.30am-5pm, November-April only Saturday-Sunday 10.30am-5pm - the aquarium building is under renovation


Entrance fee for the aquarium

  • Adult 10 €
  • Child 5 €

Entrance fee for a dolphin show

  • Adult 10 €
  • Child 5 €

Kids will love the daily animal shows


  • 11 July 1971 the opening of the exhibition of the Marine Department of Klaipeda Museum of Regional Ethnography
  • 1973-79 Restoration of the fortress, the construction of the buildings for aquariums and pools, and the creation of the exhibition
  • 11 April 1975 the first sea expeditions are undertaken to the Central East Atlantic
  • 30 December 1977 The first living animals are Rockhopper penguins
  • 1 November 1978 The first grey seal , Tomas, arrives
  • 28 July 1979 The museum opens for public
  • 1 October 1975 Foundation of the Klaipeda Sea Museum
  • November 1982  The founders of the museum were awarded the State Prize of the Lithuanian SSR
  • 1982-84 Construction of the pools for Sea Animals
  • 9 July 1982 Bocmanas a Norther Sea Lion arrives
  • 8 March 1987 The first baby grey seal Magdute is born
  • 30 April 1987 The construction of the dolphinarium begins
  • 1987-94 The construction of the compressor house, the pump house for the Baltic Sea water, and water treatment installations
  • 1989-92 The Stands for spectators built at the performance grounds
  • 21 April 1991 The first Magellanic penguin chicks hatched
  • 21 September 1993 The first Dolphins brought from Sevastopol
  • 30 pril 1994 The opening of the Delphinarium
  • 1997 The museum is recognised as a National Museum
  • November-December 1997 An expedition to Tahiti
  • September 1998 The first dolphins are bred
  • 20 July 2002 Some historical boats are on show in front of the fortress
  • 22 May 2003 Sturgeons are held in the central tank
  • 2012-13 Restoration of the Dolphinarium
Map 2010

Befor entering the ticket office we look at the 3 ships in front of the museum. After paying the entry fee we walk inside the fortress and all ready se the enclosures for seals and sea lions. In the outdoor pools of the Lithuanian Sea Museum there live Baltic sea grey seals, East Atlantic harbour seals, North sea lions and penguins. The seals and the penguins are bred successfully. The seal breeding is part of the HELCOM project intended for restoration of the southern population of grey seals in the Baltic Sea. During the summer season, shows by the North sea lions are given. The Lithuanian Sea Museum keeps three species of penguins: Gentoo (Pygoscelis antarctica), Magellanic (Spheniscus magellanicus) and Jackass (Spheniscus demersus) penguins. The penguins require continuous care: microclimate, strict sanitary regime, disease prevention and treatment, and food with vitamin and mineral additives. At the Museum these birds are fed twice a day; every bird is given ca 1.2 kg Baltic herring or other kind of herring. Then we are entering the fortres main building, where we find the aquarium. Here you can see Lithuanian freshwater fishes, fish species from the Baltic Sea and tropical seas, as well as invertebrates. The museum has equipped exhibition tanks, the capacity of which ranges from 1 to 6 m3. Every tank is equipped with a mechanical filter and a biological filter. The hourly capacity of the filters equals from 1 to 2 volumes of water in the exhibition tank; therefore, the water is always clear and clean. In the Aquarium of the Lithuanian Sea Museum the visitors can see fishes from the Baltic Sea, tropical and fresh waters. In the central pool of the redoubt there live fish species of impressive size, for instance, sturgeon and trout. One’s eye is attracted by stony and soft corals. Right next to the fortess we are having the dolphinarium with daly shows

DE: Dieses kleine Aquarium dass sich im alten Fort Kopgaliss erichtet von den Preussen 1865. Wohl beliebteste Tiere sind die Tümler und Seelöwen, aber es werden auch u.a. riesige störe gezeigt

DK: Dette lille akvarie befinder sig i det gamle fort Kopgaliss, opført af preusserne 1865. Stjernerne er nok øresvine og søløverne, dog er der bl.a.også kæmpe stører
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