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The History Museum of Lithuania Minor

The Castle Museum

Museum of the History of the Bagrationovsk Region


The Castle Museum...

Klaipeda Castle was first mentioned in a document issued on 29 July 1252. Magister the Great Eberhard von Zeine agreed with the Kursh Bishop Heinrich on the building of a castle between two rivers - the Nemunas and the Dange. It was the same year as the Knights of the Sword built a wooden castle at the mouth of the Dange River and named it Memelburg.
As the wooden Castle was built in a swampy area, the location for the construction of a brick castle was chosen to be on the right shore of the Dange River, where it was plan to develop the town. Beginning in 1399 major reconstruction work of Klaipeda Castle under the supervision of the commissioners of the Order commenced. In 1407 four supervisors of the Order arrived for "the correction of work". Magister the Great Ulrich von Jungingen with N. Felenstein, a famous castle builder also visited the Castle. Architecturally the Castle had no essential differences from other castles of the Order.
The Castle Museum was inaugurated on August 1st 2002, during the 750th anniversary celebrations of the city of Klaipeda. After several decades, the idea, cherished by the leading figures, archaeologists and historians of the City, to make the site of Klaipeda Castle accessible to everyone, became a reality. The Castle Museum is located in the Prince Fredric chamber under the bastion, where artillery was stored in the 17th century. The Museum's exhibits show the development of Klaipeda Castle and Klaipeda City during the 13th - 17th centuries.

The Museum has been developed according to today's standards. The exhibition begins in the tunnel of the chamber, where exhibits are displayed according to the different stages of development of the Castle and City in the 13th - 17th centuries.
The first stand shows weapons and adornments of the Kurshes. Before the settlement of the Order, the region around Klaipeda belonged to the Courish Pilsotas land with its own distinctive and rich culture.
The second stand is devoted to the establishment of Klaipeda, in which a copy of the Castle Foundation Letter and a scale model 'The situation of Klaipeda Castle and City in the 13th century' are displayed. Various household utensils from the 14th - 15th centuries found in Klaipeda Castle, and models of the Castle and City are displayed in further stands.
Displays devoted to the 16th century contain one of the most significant exhibits of the Museum, a gold ring inlaid with a precious stone. Professor Dr. V. ®ulkus determined that only three such rings, dating back to the middle of the 16th century, exist: they may have belonged to representatives from one of the estates (or bishoprics) or they could be articles of the same jewellery shop.
Renaissance tiles, brewer's accessories and household utensils are displayed together with the impressive ring. The last two displays contain blacksmith's and shoemaker's instruments and articles.The room in the chamber close to the tunnel depicts a 17th century domestic scene with sitting mannequins dressed in clothes characteristic of that period. Restored earthenware found during excavations of the old town and the Castle is displayed alongside.
An impressive 2 x 2,5 metre model located in the grand room of the chamber acquaints the visitors with the lay-out of the City and Castle during the 17th century. Here the preparations for the repulsion of the Swedish army is depicted as well: armed soldiers stand near a two-meter long cannon weighing 1 ton, which was found during reconstruction of the bridge near the site of the Castle. On the other side of the hall, close to the remains of the 14th century bridge, a mannequin represents the scene of the reconstruction works of the Castle.
Authentic weapons, wooden tools, household articles from the 16th and 17th centuries and other exhibits are displayed in the niches of the grand hall. Of special note is the 18th century authentic silver goblet of the Klaipeda Merchant's Guild, used only on exceptional occasions. This valuable exhibit was lent by the Trakai History Museum.

While visiting the Museum it is worth looking around the uncovered remains of the Castle. Archaeologists have uncovered the foundations of the building of the 14th - 17th centuries. The foundation of the Grand Gunpowder Tower is particularly impressive.Visitors of the Castle Museum can also walk along the oldest roadway in Klaipeda, dating back to the 16th century, and enjoy a panorama of Klaipeda from Fredric's bastion.

The Castle Museum
Pilies St. 4, LT-91240 Klaipeda,
tel. 00370 46 41 05 24,

The project is co-financed from the funds of the European Regional Development Fund, under the framework of the Lithuania,
Poland and Kaliningrad Region of the Russian Federation Neighbourhood Programme INTERREG IIIA.