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The Palanga Amber Museum
The Palanga Amber Museum was established in 1963 on the estate of count Feliksas Tiškevičius surrounded by a beautiful botanical gardens designed by the landscape architect Eduard Francois Andre in 1897. The Museum is not only a place where an attention catching exhibits of amber are exposed, it is also a place where traditional cultural events are held.
The exposition of Palanga Amber Museum is exposed in 15 rooms. Visitors are able to be acquainted with more than 4500 exhibits including a collection of unique pieces of amber with trapped insects or plants as well as fossilized tree resin that were brought to the Palanga Amber Museum from all over the world. According to the museum data, more than 8 million visitors have already came to see this exclusive collection. The Museum is interesting in its educational point too as visitors are able to find out the information about the historical amber formation, global distribution, processing and practical application.
The Palanga Amber Museum is also famous for its night serenade concerts that are being held in the museum terrace for already 30 years every summer. It should be necessarily mentioned that visitors of the Palanga Amber Museum are always astonished by Palanga Botanical Park surrounding the estate where the amber exposition is displayed. The garden is told to be one of the prettiest and best-preserved in Lithuania`s coastal region. That`s why everybody agree that visiting the Palanga Amber Museum is the same like shooting two hares at once as Lithuanians would say.
In 1990 the Palanga Amber Museum was heisted when 76 various exhibits, including the unique block of Amber called the Sun Stone weighting 3,698 kg, which is the third in its size in Europe, were stolen. Luckily, the theft was soon revealed and thieves were punished. Then In 2002 the Palanga Amber Museum faced a theft again when only the most valuable exhibit, the Sun Stone was carried off. 3 months later the Sun Stone was returned to the Museum by a person, later suspected to be a confederate of the crime. According to him, he founded the Sun Stone in Klaipėda over the trash containers. However, the justice research found out that the lucky blighter finder ganged together with the thief and they both were finally punished as deserved.
It is well known that one of the symbols of Lithuania is amber so if you ever had a chance to visit the Palanga Amber Museum, do not waste it as you will be acquainted with the amber better than anywhere else. What is more, you will be able to cast a glance at the famous Sun Stone which now is protected as well as never before.
September 1 to May 31:
Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
On the eve of national celebrities and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 1 to August 31:
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
On the eve of national celebrities and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For more information visit: www.pgm.lt/gintaro_muziejus/titulinis_en.htm
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