The sea came to the Money Museum

On 29 October, the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania opened a new exhibition — ‘The Sea Opens up the World’. It was organised jointly with the Lithuanian Sea Museum based in Klaipėda. The Exhibition presented coins from the Lithuanian Sea Museum’s numismatic collection. The curators of the Exhibition were Romualdas Adomavičius, Museologist-Historian of the Shipment History Division at the Lithuanian Sea Museum, and Vincas Ruzas, Senior Specialist at the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania. The designer of the Exhibition was Audronė Adomavičienė, an artist at the Lithuanian Sea Museum.

The opening ceremony was attended by the curators and Olga Žalienė, Director of the Lithuanian Sea Museum, Vidmantas Laurinavičius, Head of the Money Museum, employees of the Bank of Lithuania and other guests.

‘Where the sea is, journeys and ships are there, and where ships are, money is there as well,’ spoke Vidmantas Laurinavičius, Head of the Money Museum, rejoicing at the possibility to cooperate with the Lithuanian Sea Museum in introducing valuable exhibits to the public.

Olga Žalienė, Director of the Lithuanian Sea Museum, emphasised that while the Lithuanian Sea Museum is often only associated with the dolphinarium and the fauna which is presented at the Sea Museum, the collection of the Sea Museum comprises a lot of numismatic items that the public is not aware of. Those exhibits only represent a small part of the Sea Museum’s collection. Less often exhibited items will find their place in the Exhibitions Hall, which will be installed at the Museum by 2017.

‘At this exhibition we aimed to not only interest numismatists and specialists, but young Lithuanians in particular, who may be inspired by this exhibition to greater deeds and discoveries,’ said Romualdas Adomavičius, the curator of the exhibition. This exhibition also brought part of the sea to the capital of Lithuania, he added.

Audronė Adomavičienė, the designer of the exhibition, said her aim was to convey the development of the discoveries of the human race and to introduce interesting exhibits to the public in an attractive way.

The numismatic items collected by Feliksas Rimkevičius (1936–2010) form the basis of the exhibition. Feliksas Rimkevičius is a man who has contributed a lot to the organisation of the first expositions of the Lithuanian Sea Museum. He worked as a pilot at the Klaipėda Port until 2004. He was awarded the Life Saving Cross. In 1971 Feliksas Rimkevičius transferred his collection of seashells to the Sea Division of the Klaipėda Regional Museum (from 1979 — the Lithuanian Sea Museum). He had collected a few thousand shells, 1,200 badges, 7,500 postage stamps and over 1,000 envelopes. He was a member of the Council of the Klaipėda Region of the Lithuanian Royal Union of Nobility. Most of F. Rimkevičius’ collections of shells, numismatics, badges and envelopes with stamps are now stored in the collections of the Lithuanian Sea Museum.

At the exhibition, you will not only see coins and medals struck to mark the discoveries of travellers (from the 19th to the 21st c.), but also ancient devices that were used by sailors. The exhibition tells the history of the great explorations of seas and oceans from prehistoric times to the 20th c. It even provides a possibility to get acquainted with different types of ships and related stories. By the way, a few Lithuanian coins related to the sea, as well as their models, which are stored in the collections of the Money Museum, can also be viewed at this exhibition. The exhibition will be open all year long. Come and see it!

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