Central Maritime Museum
MS Sołdek is a museum ship moored in front of the granaries. Once you’re on board and past the fairly dull introductory video, you can...
Just beyond the modest Gate of the Holy Spirit (Brama Św Ducha) on the waterfront rises the oh-so conspicuous Gdańsk Crane. Built in...
The extensive collection stresses the Polish cultural and ethnic roots of the region; if you haven’t had your fill of views elsewhere,...
Baltic Philharmonic Hall
The usual home of chamber music concerts also organises many of the major music festivals throughout the year.
Occupying a red-brick corner of the Philharmonia building facing the Targ Rybny across the river, the cooks here dabble in Heston...
Lonely Planet review
At the time of research the main annexe of the museum, right next door to the Gdańsk Crane, was undergoing an extensive, €8.6 million expansion to create a brand new Maritime Cultural Centre . Work on the incongruously modern-looking structure was supposed to be wrapped up in summer 2011 but looked far from completion when we visited.
The museum is housed in three reconstructed granaries on Ołowianka Island in the Motława River. The museum’s own ferry service (one way/return 1/2zł, free with museum ticket) shuttles between the crane and the island. Exhibits illustrate the history of Polish seafaring from the earliest times to the present and include models of old sailing warships and ports, a 9th-century dugout, navigation instruments, ships’ artillery, flags and the like. An interesting exhibit is a collection of salvaged items from the General Carleton, a British ship that disappeared mysteriously in the Baltic in 1785. In 1995 Polish scuba divers happened upon the wreck, and the museum’s later excavation turned up the ship’s bell with its name engraved clearly in the metal.
Moored next to the island, the MS Sołdek was the first vessel to be built at the Gdańsk Shipyard in the postwar years. Retired in 1981, this old seadog is now part of the museum and can be scrambled around almost at will.