• The "Motława" ferry does not operate due to the river embankment renovation until further notice

Underwater Archaeology and Diving

The exhibition shows diving history and the most interesting archaeological sites in Poland and worldwide. The very first examples of underwater penetration come from 3000 B.C. from ancient Persia, where pearls and mother-of-pearl from the ocean bottom were traded. The exhibition presents the diving equipment – diving suits, diving apparatus, and various types of diving bells – once used to explore the depths of the sea. A separate place in the exposition is devoted to the invention of a German, August Siebe, who in 1830 constructed a diving suite with helmet equipped with a long pipe which carried air from the surface, later called a classic diving suite. An example of further development is the aqualung designed by Jaques Cousteau and Emil Gagnan, which was a turning point and allowed free diving. One of the most famous archaeological sites in the world is represented by exhibits from shipwrecks from Homer’s times found on the coast of Turkey.

The part of the exhibition about Polish underwater archaeology presents the biggest events from the research team at National Maritime Museum – excavation of “Miedziowiec”, a 15th century merchant ship, exploring a Swedish warship from the 17th century, “Solena”, and an English wreck from the 18th century, “General Carleton of Whitby”. While visiting the exhibition you are welcome to watch a film presenting the most interesting underwater projects performed by Polish researchers on the wrecks of “Wilhelm Gustloff”, “Arngas”, and “Mount Vernon”.