National Maritime Museum- Granaries on Ołowianka Island

ul. Ołowianka 9-13, Gdańsk
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The main exhibition visiting route in the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk leads through the interior of three historic granaries. Visitors can see the abundance of treasures related to the history of shipping, boatbuilding, shipbuilding and sea battles in the Polish waters from medieval times to the 20th century. The exhibition narrative refers to the archaeological discoveries from the shipwrecks lying on the seabed, detailed layouts of shipyards and ports and the remembrance of remarkable figures associated with the sea. It also includes a large collection of the models of sailing ships, warships and commercial vessels, including ‘Vasa’, MS ‘Batory’ and ORP ‘Orzeł’. The exhibition is crowned with Maritime Gallery – the only one in Poland, so rich and diverse maritime painting exhibition with the 17th and 18th century paintings by the Dutch and Flemish painters, and paintings by artists such as Iwan Ajwazowski, Wojciech Weiss, Ferdynand Ruszczyc and Marian Mokwa.

Information for people with disabilities


If you are a person with visual impairment
, visit the granaries with an accompanying
person. Blind visitors will be unable to experience the museum’s offering without an
assisting person/guide. The Soldek is inaccessible to visitors with visual impairment.
The vessel features no Braille or large-font descriptions or audio guides, the majority
of the exhibits are stored in display cases and cannot be experienced by touching
them, and multimedia board locations are not marked in any way. Navigating the
building may also be challenging in several respects: unsecured supports,
protruding structural elements (particularly display cases), many thresholds,
unstable rope posts surrounding various exhibits, toilet locked with a key.

If you are a person with hearing impairment, be advised that the institution does not
employ a Polish Sign Language interpreter and does not feature an audio induction
loop. The exhibit descriptions are in Polish, feature no sign language translations
and are difficult and technical, as well as being rather difficult to read/blurry. Other
difficulties include poor lighting and the lack of an e-guide. Some exhibits feature QR
codes. The website contains a sign language description of the Maritime Gallery.

If you are a person with motor impairment (such as an electric or manual wheelchair
or crutch user)
, make sure to visit the granaries, although you will be unable to come
aboard the Soldek, and you will be unable to experience the virtual walk on the
bottom of the Baltic Sea offered at the booth on the ground floor.
The Granaries on Olowianka Island are quite easy to navigate, however. The space
is accessible, the passageways are wide and allow for free and convenient
movement around the exhibition area. The lift is disability-friendly. You may
experience certain difficulties due to how some exhibits are described: very small
fonts, no lighting, poor visibility from a wheelchair (descriptions and exhibits placed
too high). The staff is always ready to help you, however.

If you are a guardian of an adult/child with intellectual disability / autism spectrum
, please contact the staff of the granaries before visiting. Make sure to ask
about your individual needs, especially if you intend to visit the Soldek as well.
Despite its size, you do not need to worry about getting lost in the museum thanks to
its many guide arrows that show the correct path forward. The second floor contains
several very interesting exhibits, including a shipwreck and a diorama of a shipyard.
Features that make navigating the museum more difficult include small exhibit
description fonts and multimedia elements and descriptions placed too high (for
children). Be advised that the museum does not offer spaces for calming down and
resting, and the toilets feature hand dryers.
This accesability description was made as a part of the public administration service ‘Raising the customer service competences of personnel handling tourist traffic, including disabled customers’ that has been co-financed by the Ministry of Sport and Tourism based on agreement no. 2023/0044/1104/UDOT/DT/BP of 2 June 2023.