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Sea Museum and Dolphinarium

Posted on: Aug 29, 2017 | Author: | Categories: Lithuania Blog, Zoos & Aquariums

Dolphins, California Sea lions, Fishing vessels and farmstead, fort and more!

Sea Museum and Dolphinarium

Review of  Sea Museum and Dolphinarium in Lithuania

Address: Smiltynės Str. 3 LT-93100, Klaipėda
Website: Sea Museum and Dolphinarium


  • Video
  • Location, how to get there and when to visit
  • Dolphinarium
  • California sea lions
  • Fishing vessels and farmstead
  • Fort
  • Aquarium
  • Eat and drink


Location, how to get there and when to visit

  • Museum located in an excellent place near Baltic Sea "Smiltyne." To get to "Smiltyne," you have to take ferry or boat from Klaipeda. The distance from the ferry is around 1,5 km, and you can go with the bus (it was free during our visit) or select more romantic ways of travel (carriage or little train). With some boats, it is possible to go straight to the Sea museum and Dolphinarium, but you have to check it before going.
  • The museum is the perfect place for all family, and it is possible to spend all day inside or outside of Museum and Dolphinarium.
  • It is possible to visit during the whole year, but some events like Sea lions show will not be open.


  • Last time we been in Dolphinarium, it was almost 9 or ten years ago. Since our last time, it was reconstruction, and now Dolphinarium looks much more modern, and living space for dolphins have expanded. It was possible to see Dolphins not only during the show but from the first floor it was possible to see them under water.
  • Dolphins are not just because of the show, but it is more to look at the green side and to understand how beautiful Dolphins are in reality. During the last 50 years were catastrophic for Dolphins because of the human activity Dolphin population has decreased many times. Dolphins are very friendly and want to communicate with people. Dolphins helped fishers during fishing periods to move fishes to the net. It is very similar to the dog's function during the hunting. For that, they expected reward and people usually left some fish for the Dolphins.
  • For dolphins to swim near the ship is a great amusement, and it is very similar to going with the bicycle after the car (easier to cycle for the driver and for the dolphin it is simpler to swim).
  • Did you know that dolphin can survive without an oxygen just about 10 minutes, so if the Dolphin hit the net, usually they just choke? And it is the truth. Modern nets work like a repellent and deter Dolphins from in the ship to avoid being cached. I never knew that on the can of Tuna you could check if these fish were caught using new nets which save dolphins life or not.

California sea lions

  • To see sea lions show in the open pool is possible during summer time. Like dolphins, Californian sea lions are mammals as well. It was a great show and great opportunity to see these beautiful animals.

Fishing vessels and farmstead

  • On the way from ferry and Dolphinarium building, it is possible to observe old fishing ships. Inside one ship (Dubingiai) we found an exhibition about fishing at sea.
  • Very close to the ships it is possible to see an ethnographical fisherman's farmstead with all furniture and fishing equipment from the historical times.


  • During the World War II, the fort was destroyed and restored as a museum in 1978. For a few years, it was reconstruction for external part of the fort and was repaired the bridge to the fort. The trench around the fort was cleaned first time since 1978. Without all mud, it cleaners removed few hundreds of shells which left after the second World War. In the fort, it was German's storehouse, and what they didn't destroy they just dropped to the trench. All shells were removed safely and didn't detonate. In the fort, we found a lot of models of historic ships and boats, anchors, how forth looked in the past. From outside it is also possible to see penguins, seals, pelicans, sea lions and some other animals.


  • During our visit aquarium was under reconstruction and according to staff, it should start working in the Autumn of 2017. If you go to Sea museum when the aquarium is open, just share your opinion in the comments below.

Eat and drink

  • On the first floor, it is possible to get lunch in the Dolphinarium and on the roof is an excellent Cafe where you can drink coffee with an exclusive view to the sea.

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Looks like you had an amazing time! Such a great place to take the kids :)
on Mar 6, 2019 | by Maartje
I am looking forward to the day I will take a picture with a dolphin! I also love prowling museums and no one seems to understand why I do! Thanks for sharing your experience!
on Mar 6, 2019 | by Jennifer Pompaski
Okay, how cool is this place!! I can't wait until my son is old enough to appreciate places like this - then my husband and I can take him to all the places where it will be so fun to just observe his excitement!
on Mar 6, 2019 | by GIGI EATS
I've never heard of this place before. I would love to visit someday.
on Mar 6, 2019 | by Adriana
It always breaks my heart to see such beautiful animals in captivity. I hope for a world where we as a society no longer have to worry about eating "dolphin friendly tuna" (as you mentioned), because we are not killing any sea life at all.

But yes, I do agree that dolphins are one of the most majestic animals there are... I've always had a fascination with them! In my opinion, they're best enjoyed while watching them leap about in the freedom of the ocean. :-)
on Mar 6, 2019 | by Emily Fata
Wow, this place looks incredible. There’s so much to do and see there! Looks like a brilliant place to take the whole family
on Mar 6, 2019 | by Alexandra Cook
I have never been there but it sounds like a nice destination getaway during this Spring break. My kids wouldlove going here.
on Mar 6, 2019 | by Rebecca Sanchez
Wow, this place looks so wonderful. Great photos, I would really love to go here someday.
on Mar 7, 2019 | by Geraline Batarra
Looks like a fun place for the family. An interesting fact I never knew was that dolphinarium was a word.
on Mar 7, 2019 | by JAckline A
This looks like such an amazing place. So much too see and to learn. I would love to visit one day
on Mar 12, 2019 | by Karen Monica
I'm not a big fan of these type of parks but I'm glad you had a fun experience.
on Mar 12, 2019 | by Mickal
I always dreamed of seeing dolphins but not a fan of those places as they treat the animals badly there but looks like fun place
on Mar 16, 2019 | by
This is such a great place to visit and very beautiful. I would love to visit here. Thanks for sharing.
on Mar 16, 2019 | by Bindu Thomas
This looks like such a fun place! My son loves going to the aquarium by where we live. Definitely a fun activity for the whole family. Thanks for sharing!
on Mar 26, 2019 | by Nicole

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