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THE SEA OPENS UP THE WORLD

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The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Lithuanian Sea Museum. It put on display nearly 100 commemorative coins and medals dedicated to geographical discoveries, explorers and types of vessels. The collection was compiled by the collector Feliksas Rimkevičius (1939–2010), a long-serving pilot at the Seaport of Klaipėda. Most of the exhibited coins were issued in 20th-century Portugal, Somalia, the United Kingdom, Russia, Poland, Korea, Cuba and Germany.

The exhibition took a deep dive into the world of maritime history, full of romanticism and adventures, allowing visitors to get acquainted with the Norman traveller Leif Erikson who, at the very beginning of the 11th century (circa 1000–1001), landed on the eastern shore of the present-day coastal North America and established the Vinland settlement; discover America together with Christopher Columbus; get to know the world of Asia with Marco Polo; wander oceans with James Cook; or conquer the North with Roald Amundsen. 

Travel through time and seas would not have been possible without navigation devices: Jacob’s staff, which was used in the 14th–17th century to determine a vessel’s latitude from the angle between the sun or Polaris and the horizon; sextant – a navigation instrument used to measure the angle between any two visible objects; and the Traverse Table, which gave the difference of latitude and departure corresponding to any given course and distance made by a vessel over a period of time. 

The exhibition also included two displays with the Money Museum’s exhibits (coins and their plaster models) dedicated to the city of Klaipėda and the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Temporary exhibitions
Last updated: 2021-08-10