The only amber museum in Russia is housed in the Dohna fortress tower, built in 1858 according to the design of the military engineer M. Montalembert in the Neo-Gothic style as a part of the second defense system of the city of Königsberg. By the end of the century, these fortifications had become obsolete and lost their military importance, but they did play a part during the Second World War. Dohna tower was the last to surrender, already after the capitulation, closing the story of the assault on the city-fortress.
Made of sunstone, the unique museum was founded in 1970 and was housed in the tower. The museum holds several thousand amber exhibits, including items fr om the 17th and 18th centuries, the second largest piece of amber in the world (4.28 kilograms), and an amazing collection of inclusions (amber specimens with embedded animal and plant remains aged millions of years).
The exhibits describe the origins of origin, methods of amber extraction, and the history of its mining in the region. The museum hosts temporary exhibitions, concerts, and lectures. There is a small market near the tower walls, wh ere it is possible to buy authentic amber souvenirs.
Museum staff can arrange guided tours of the exhibits in Russian or English, by appointment. Audio-guides are available as well.
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