The Best Museums in Gdansk

Museum of the Second World War
Museum of the Second World War | © tomasz przechlewski/Flickr
Joseph Francis

With everything from salt-washed maritime exhibits going back to the days of the Hanseatic League to emotive monuments to the Solidarity movement, this list of Gdansk‘s top museums is sure to keep you busy in the Polish Tricity.

1. National Maritime Museum


Crane on the Motłava
© Robert Young/Flickr
If there’s one thing that’s defined Gdansk more than any other over the years, it’s surely the city’s prime location on the edge of the Baltic Sea. Dotting the banks of the Motława River along the salt-washed quays of the Old Town, this institution deals with just that. It includes the iconic medieval crane of Gdansk harbour (now a veritable landmark of the city) and the moored ship Sołdek – the first ever ocean-ready boat to come out of the local shipyards. Meanwhile, in the Maritime Culture Centre, it’s possible to learn all about the town’s important role as a Hanseatic port, the medieval amber routes through the Baltics, and just how much seafaring has influenced the character of the place over the millennia.

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