The Baltic Sea hides many secrets. Some of them can be found by visiting the new exhibition “To DNA. 50 years of underwater archaeological research of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk ”. The exhibition shows finds recovered from the bottom of the Baltic Sea. It is a great proposition for a day trip during a holiday vacation.
Reach for the treasury of the Baltic Sea - Temporary exhibition "To DNA"
Until now anonymous finds, mute witnesses of sea disasters, excavated from the bottom of the Baltic Sea, from October 2, 2020 in Granaries in Ołowianka, will tell their stories and discover secrets. And all this at a new temporary exhibition prepared by the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, entitled: "To DNA. 50 years of underwater archaeological research of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk ".
Dive into the abyss of the Baltic Sea
In the unique scenery that builds a magical aura, unique exhibits will speak, telling fascinating stories about the dangers of working at sea, fighting storms in the era of sail and steam, as well as sea tragedies from the Second World War. They will also tell us about everyday life on board, about sailing duties, entertainment and clothing.
The exhibition is characterized by an original arrangement that emphasizes the uniqueness of the monuments and the circumstances in which they were discovered. - The viewer, together with underwater archaeologists, will descend to the bottom of the Baltic Sea to find the most interesting and fascinating objects. In the atmosphere of mystery of the underwater world, dominated by silence and darkness, she will learn the genetic code of monuments previously unknown to the wider public. - says Dr. Elżbieta Wróblewska, the curator of the exhibition.
Treasures from the sea
Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to learn about the stories of several dozen objects excavated from the depths of the sea.
One of the most interesting exhibits that can be seen at the exhibition is from the 18th century, stored in a glass refrigerator a jar of butter, which was raised from the wreckage of a wooden sailing ship resting 82 meters below the surface of the Baltic Sea.
Another interesting exhibit - supplemented by one of the three multimedia stands available at the exhibition - is a transverse flute that has spent over two centuries at the bottom of the Baltic Sea!
Probably, no one in the world has managed to extract the sound from the original instrument, which lay 235 years at the bottom of the sea. Flute belonging to the officer serving on the ship General Carleton, made in London in the workshop of Charles Schuchart, is one of the many unique exhibits whose DNA is presented at this extraordinary exhibition. - says Dr. Robert Domżał, director of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk.
We can also find among the monuments seamen's clothing itemswhich thanks to the tar spilled at the time of the ship's crash General Carleton have survived to this day. It is now the world's largest and best-preserved collection of 18th-century seafaring workwear. Additionally, some elements of the outfit bear initials, thanks to which their owners could be identified.
When and where we will see the exhibition
"To DNA. 50 years of underwater archaeological research of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk "is a temporary exhibition that will open on 2 October 2020 and will last until the end of 2021.
You can see it at the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk, located in Granaries in Ołowianka in Gdańsk.
The exhibition was prepared by a team of NMM curators: Dr. Elżbieta Wróblewska, Patryk Klein, Emilia Brotz, Aleksandra Kucharska, Dr. Krzysztof Kurzyk, Paweł Litwinienko, and Andrzej Truszkowski.
source: press materials