The Palanga Amber Museum - Branch of the Lithuanian Art Museum - was established on August 3, 1963. It is housed on the estate of Count Feliksas Tiskevicius (1865-1932). The estate, designed by German architect Franc Schwechten (1841-1924), was built in 1897. The Palanga Botanical Gardens, designed by the landscape architect Eduard Francois Andre (1840-1911), surround the Estate.
The Palanga Amber Museum’s exposition takes up 15 rooms. About 4,500 exhibit pieces are found here. Visitors are acquainted with the formation, processing, practical application, and morphological variations of amber. The museum has a wealth of amber pieces with trapped insects or plants, a collection of unique pieces of amber, and examples of fossilized tree resin brought from all over the world.
The Palanga Amber Museum is a branch of the Lithuanian Art Museum. About 8 million people have come to visit the Palanga Amber Museum.
The Museum is becoming famous for its traditional cultural events. For 30 summers now the terrace has been home to the night serenade concerts. Interesting cultural events and meetings with artists take place in the Fireplace Hall of the Estate.
Sepetember to May:
Tuesday to Saturday 11.00–17.00.
Sunday and National Holiday Eve 11.00–16.00.June to August:
Tuesday to Saturday 10.00–20.00.
Sunday and National Holiday Eve 10.00–19.00.
Admission charge - Lt 8, pupil/student/OAP - Lt 4
Guided tours by arrangement. Tel. (+370 36) 51319. Educational services, by prior arrangement. Tel. (+370 36) 53501.
PALANGA BOTANICAL PARK
This landscape park is one of the prettiest, best preserved, and best maintained parks in coastal region of Lithuania. In 1897 Count Felix Tiškevičius founded this park around the palace built in the same year. The park was designed by the famous French landscape architect and botanist Eduard Fransua Andre, (1840 -1911), who spent three summers in Palanga with his son Rene Eduard Andre (1867 - 1942) supervising the construction of the park. The Belgian gardener Buyssen de Coulon assisted them.
The contrast of scenery is emphasized by the palace's regular shape: the northern side of which opens onto a magnificent terrace with the steps leading into the park. Flowers and a fountain add more to the effect.
The southern side of the palace is surrounded by an oval rose garden that is connected to the palace's terraces by stairs. Experts guess that the park's founders planted about 500 different kinds of trees and bushes. The trees were brought to Palanga from Berlin, Königsberg and other European botanical gardens.
Today the park covers an area of approximately 100 ha. Trees cover 60 ha, fields 24,5 ha, flowers 0,5 ha, flowing water 1,16 ha. There are 7 sculptures and a number of other architectural structures there. The park has watering and decorative lighting systems.
The park is financed by the town of Palanga.