National Maritime Museum
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Mavis L
7 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Lovely location for the museum - unusual to be on 2 sides of the water. Disappointed ship museum was closed. Woman selling tickets wasn't particularly helpful. Very good museum but information signs in cabinets were all in Polish - very disappointing as it looked interesting. New part of the museum was in english but limited sections open.
Written December 5, 2022
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Gee T
Edmonton, Canada23 contributions
Sep 2020
The area the museum is in is great for strolling around. The museum itself had only a few guests. Especially enjoyed the ship related paintings and climbing over the ship outside the museum. The canal looks nice with old buildings on one side and modern on the other. Moving pedestrian bridges were cool.
Written October 23, 2020
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Martin22
Oxford40 contributions
The Central Maritime Museum is really 4 museums and short ferry ride. The ticket price for all this is just 18zl (about £4).

First there is the main museum, which is situated on the island opposite the main waterfront (called Olowianka). Even if you're not into nautical things, this is a really interesting and ecletic museum on several floors. It shows a lot about the history of Gdansk, which is pretty closely tied to the sea. Not much of the text is English, but there are some notes you can pick up as you walk round.

Outside the museum is the next attraction - the ship Soldek. This was the first ship built in the post-war Lenin Shipyards. It's really well preserved and you can climb over everything from the stoaking room to the upper decks. Room is a bit short down below if you're claustrophic.

When you're done on the Soldek, it's time to cross to the main waterfront. Included in the ticket is two rides on the little ferry which will take you across the river every 15 minutes. This is a nice little extra.

Then you're into the Crane Museum (Zuraw). At one time the biggest working crane in the world, the present version is post-war (like so much of Gdansk it was destroyed during the fighting in 1945). Lots more interesting exhibits here if you can take anymore nautical history! And you can also get right up inside the crane itself.

There is a fourth museum behind the Crane, but I didn't go in. Since there are two rides in the price, I guess you can probably buy your tickets on this side of the river as well. Saves walking round to the main museum on the island Olowianka.

Really interesting way to spend a couple of hours learning about Gdansk, and great value for all the different experiences.
Written July 21, 2008
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Bookworm69
Sherborne, UK16 contributions
Aug 2020
Visited during fair post COV19 and took three kids to interactive hall - 40 minutes of complete boredom. Every interesting object had been removed, half the model boats gone, no objects to put into the mini forklift truck or crane, no ropes or other rigging on the sailing craft, 90 of the push buttons shut down to prevent my children who were given masks and gloves to wear from accidentally catching the virus by touching the display. Result, they are kids, so they touched it anyway, and were disappointed. Only 4 working objects within whole room, total rip off. Instead of having to rip my children away from the exhibition, they walked out gladly early!
Written August 1, 2020
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Dane T
32 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
I visited here in 2017 and I can see from recent comments that they still haven't displayed signs or information about the collections in English, all information was and still is in Polish. This is very frustrating to international visitors and shows a level of customer service that is shockingly inept. Unless you are fluent in Polish I would strongly advise you to give this place a miss.
Written August 4, 2020
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vivere2016
Lillesand, Norway61 contributions
Mar 2020
I have been to a few maritime museums around the world, and this one really has it all, artifacts, full scale objects and history on several floors. And models etc. But promoting Gdansk to an international audience, this is totally forgotten. How many foreigners can read polish, I ask. Because - already at the reseption, the language barrier is evident. And so are the exhibitions, interesting objects and all you would like to know, but posters and information only in Polish? It's a shame, really!
Written March 6, 2020
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Dane T
32 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
An awful experience, we were looking forward to seeing what seemed an interesting place but the utter disregard for people who don't speak Polish was shocking. All information in this place was in Polish which is wonderful for Polish speakers but this shows absolute contempt for the thousands of tourists who may not speak Polish. There were some old laminated sheets in English but I found these confusing. They really should have bilingual information signs in this day and age. The rude woman who was at the counter certainly didn't leave a good impression.
Written July 21, 2018
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acorna
Vilnius, Lithuania4,408 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
We bought a combo ticket that included Crane, Maritime museum on the Granary Island (main branch of the Museum), SS Soldek and the ferry crossing of Motlawa River (18 PLN). Liked everything, maybe SS Soldek less. Maritime Museum on the Granary is extensive with things that might interest very different visitors. There is a historical part connected to the development of coastal area of Poland from prehistorical times to the modern era, some extremely interesting reconstructions, like the reconstruction of part of a ship or early coastal reinforcements. There is also a small gallery of marinistic paintings including works of very famous artists, for example Ivan Ayvazovsky. But… First of all, information is practically only in Polish. There are only some outdated laminated pages in other languages with scanty information, so for these not in command of Polish half of the knowledge is lost. Another thing is obviously too low investment in modern security. Ladies hovering at every your step start to annoy very soon. Note also, that taking of photos is not allowed, backpacks, larger bags and jackets are to be left in the wardrobe. Also the system of the exposition directions is a bit confusing. In general – an interesting museum, but not visitor-friendly. Especially for non-Polish-speaking visitors.
Written October 1, 2017
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B T
London, UK1,093 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
You could buy a ticket that got you into the crane, the soldek ship, the granary and also a return trip on the ferry which I would recommend buying. The museum was very good and very interesting.
Written July 27, 2017
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Colin M
St. Helier, UK176 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
On my first ever trip to Gdansk I felt that it was important to visit this attraction, not just because of my general interest in things maritime, but also because of the importance of Soldek to the re-building of the great Gdansk shipyards after WWII.
I was not disappointed. I purchased the 23 Zloty ticket which gave me access to the whole maritime exhibit including the charming little ferry across the river. The scope of the content of the museum was superb, with lots of examples of full size craft and brilliant models. The range covered world wide shipping, fishing and commerce and an historical perspective of the importance of the port in relation to Baltic shipping.
The portrayal of the Gdansk shipyard struggles displayed within the hold of the Soldek was excellent.
I punctuated my day with a gorgeous fish lunch sitting on the balcony of the museum restaurant some floors up and overlooking the waterfront.
I ended my visit with a through exploration of the famous crane which was fascinating and awesome in its medieval scale.
Written August 23, 2016
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