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The Amber Museum, a Branch of the Gdańsk History Museum




Opening hours:

  • Monday: 11.00 - 15.00
    (Free admission day)
  •  Tuesday - Saturday: 10.00 - 18.00
  • Sunday: 11.00 - 18.00

Prices:
  • Regular ticket - 10zł
  • Concession ticket - 5zł
  • Family ticket - 20zł
  • Group regular ticket - 9zł
  • Group concession ticket - 4zł
  • Audio-guide - 13zł


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      More and more often, Gdańsk is referred to as the World Capital of Amber. Amber, called the Gold of the North, has for centuries been associated with the Baltic Sea and the history of Gdańsk.


      In 2006, the Amber Museum, a branch of the Gdańsk History Museum, was opened in the historic Foregate Complex of Długa Street. At the Amber Museum we can, accompanied by the EasyGuide audio tour guide, listen to the fascinating story of amber’s travels through the ages. We can also learn how amber was used in culture, art and in everyday life. Who knew that amber can be used to treat ailments of the tonsils, ears and eyes, and even to ease fevers and headaches. That’s how it was in antiquity.


      The Amber Museum has a wealth of amber works of art in all colours, shapes and sizes for you. On the one hand, the exhibits include works of nature: the “amber-bearing pine,” or the coniferous tree that exuded lots of resin to form beautiful amber nuggets. On the other hand, it has works by amber artists and craftspeople, both famous and anonymous. In the 17th and 18th centuries Gdańsk-made amber, coffers, cabinets, chess sets, and cups were among the most sought after gifts at royal, imperial and papal courts. The tradition of amber gifts has survived to this day, albeit in a somewhat more modest form. At the exhibition you can see the widest array of post-World War II fashions, trends and styles in amber jewellery. Many a lady visiting the Museum would surely want such jewellery in her personal jewellery box.

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We welcome you to take a tour of the multimedia exhibition at the Amber Museum in Gdańsk and listen to the story of amber from prehistory until today accompanied by the EasyGuide audio tour guide.















The Legend of the Origin of Amber

from Natural History by Pliny the Elder

 

 

Helios was the sun god who day after day drove the chariot of the sun in the sky. He gave in to the entreaties of his son Phaeton, who dreamed of driving his father’s chariot. Driving it across the firmament was no easy task. It took great strength. Phaeton was unable to control the fierce horses that drew the chariot as they sensed a weaker hand. They came off their daily course and ran aimlessly burning up the Earth and the ether of the heavens. The burning Earth called to Zeus for help. Zeus stopped the frightened horses and struck Phaeton down with a lightning bolt. The son of Helios, who had been turned into a burning torch, fell into the mythical River Eridanos. His sisters, the Helliads, recovered their brother’s body and honoured him with a funeral. “Ever since Phaeton died stricken with a lightning bolt, his grieving sisters, turned into poplars, have for years been shedding tears which turn into elektron (Amber) by the banks of the River Eridanos.”