Sea Museum and Dolphinarium

Kopgalis the most northerly point of the Curonian Spit and the latest formed locality of the Curonian Spit peninsula, the integral part of Klaipėda Port. Sea Museum - Aquarium was opened in Kopgalis fort in 1979. Aquarium contains Lithuanian freshwater fish, Baltic Sea and tropical seas fish, invertebrates, sturgeons of impressive size. Tropical sea aquaria are designated for hard and soft corals, other invertebrate species and coral fish.

Visitors can see marine fauna on the second floor of the central redoubt, and outdoor pools are for penguins, Baltic grey seals and Steller sea lions. Performances of Steller sea lions are held during summer season.

The exposition of the history of navigation of Lithuania is housed in the posterns and casemates under the ramparts; while the collection of ancient and modern anchors is displayed on ramparts, earlier served for gun emplacements.

The Dolphinarium was opened in 1994. 11 common bottlenose dolphins and 2 California sea lions with 1 baby sea lion live in the dolphinarium. Entertaining swim with dolphins takes place in the dolphinarium since 2009. The dolphinarium was closed for reconstruction in October 2010 and reopened in August 2015.

The Dolphinarium along with Sea Museum and Aquarium covers an area of 33 000 m² and forms a unique complex of marine world.

Opening hours:             

Months I-III, X - XII   ■■■■□□□ 10.30-16.30
Month IV ■■□□□□ 10.30-17.00
            Months V, IX
□□□□ 10.30-17.00
            Months VI - VIII ■□□□□□□ 10.30-18.30


Smiltynės g. 3, LT-93100 Klaipėda

Information: (8 46) 49 22 50; 49 07 51; 869837299;

Ticket office: (8 46) 49 07 54

Fax: (8 46) 49 07 50;


Ethnographic Fishermans Farmstead Complex

The farmsteads of seaside fishermen living in the area of Šventoji and Palanga, built in the 19th or early 20th century, served as the prototype for the ethnographic farmstead. The homestead consists of a living house, cattle-shed, granary, bathhouse, cellar, fish smokehouse. An interior design of the early 20th century is restored in the living house.

There is an exposition available about fishery in Lithuanian sea and littoral area at the 19th and early 20th centuries: photos, ship construction instruments, models and elements of sailboats, fishing tools such as hooks, trotlines, weight lead, gaffs, nets.

 Opening hours:             

Months V, IX ■■■□□□□ 10.30-17.00
                Months VI - VIII ■■□□□□□ 10.30-18.30


Ship-Veterans Exposition

The largest Lithuanian Sea Museum's exhibits are displayed in a ship-veteran yard.

Medium fishing trawler Dubingiaiwas built in Klaipeda shipyard and designed for fishing in the Atlantic Ocean (weight approx. 300 tons). The ship's hold is rearranged into an exhibition hall. In the summer there is a permanent 18-19 century engravings exposition.

Two of the ships are handed over to the museum by Neringa fishery farm. Built in 1949 motor dory represents the ship type that replaced old sailing boats kurėnai (Kurenkahn) for Curonian Lagoon fishermen. The same year built in Finland small fishery trawler Kolymaserved 30 years for Klaipėda fishermen in the Baltic Sea. Steel tralbot (PTB - 7167) was brought from Germany in 1954. In 2001 Kurenkahn SüD.1was built. The same sailboats were used for fishing in the Curonian Lagoon until 1950's.

 Opening hours:             

Months V, IX ■■■□□□□ 10.30-17.00

Months VI - VIII ■■□□□□□ 10.30-18.30


Monument for the Curonian Spit Planting Leader L. Hagen

A monument dedicated to one of the northern Curonian Spit planters, L.Hagen, was built on the Hagens Dune during the interwar period. In the 19th century, he described, tested and developed the formation technique of dune ridge. On the modest Obelisk in German and Lithuanian languages is written: In memoriam of Ludwig Hagen.

The Kopgalis Cemetery

The residents of Smiltynė, Kopgalis were buried in the Kopgalis Cemetery in the 19th - early 20th centuries. There are graves of Liudas Stulpinas (1871 - 1934), the first Lithuanian Sea Captain, and Jonas ŽiliusJonila (1870 - 1932), a writer, public figure and the governor of Klaipėda Region.

Northern Villa District

Tourism Information Center of the Curonian Spit National Park is located here at the address Smiltynės g. 11.

Hill of Sand Inn (Sandkrug)

An old inn was built on the dune top in 1837 and has been maintained till the Soviet period. Currently this homestead area grown with lilac bushes is called the Sand InnHill.


Built in 1901 it is an impressive two stories building with an attic, which with its volume and unique architecture assumes a dominant place in the south part of Smiltynė. There was a 60 rooms hotel with a restaurant in the orchard and a coffee-house at the coast of the lagoon. After demolishing the seaside coffee-house there was a wooden extension built for the coffee-house at the northern end of the building. Kurhaus is built in fachwerk architecture style and reminds of some the old town buildings of Klaipėda. Kurhaus was a famous culture center in Smiltynė until the Second World War. Music nights, recitals by famous artists of the time and an operating roulette was available here. In the first decade of the postwar period the kurhaus was equipped with apartments. Later on, as the recreational significance of Smiltynė was increasing, the residents were moved out and a branch of hotel "Klaipėda" was opened along with a coffee-house "Smiltynė".

Wilhelm Oak Tree

A common oak (Quercus robur) is growing in Smiltynė near the Sand Inn Hill and primary school of the same title. The age of the tree is approximately 180-200 years. It was named after Wilhelm. The story about denominated tree planting is not clear. Perhaps the tree was planted by foresters of ex. Smiltynė Forest Ranger Station. The name is associated with Kaiser of Germany Wilhelm I (1861-1888). 

Beech Grove

A grove of four beech trees is growing on the forest way from the Sand Inn Hill about 300 meters to the south.


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9. Where can I rent bicycles on Curonian Spit and are there any bike tracks?

The national park has a special 51km long bike track