The Ostpreußische Landesmuseum collects and carries out research about the history, culture and landscapes of the former Province of East Prussia that today belongs to Poland, Russia and Lithuania. It presents and displays the entire history and culture of the region in an entertaining and family-friendly way. Presentations also focus on the everyday life of the population (fishing, agriculture, Trakehner horses) and art (painting, ceramics and amber-working) as well as science (Kant, Copernicus, Herder). A strong accent is placed on communication via museum-educational activities that enable both adults and children special access to the topics. This is currently being restructured and modernised. From August 2018 it will have a new appearance and also a Baltic-German department.
The Duchy of Prussia and subsequent East Prussia form the name-giving ancestral homeland of the Kingdom of Prussia. As the only state museum dedicated to East Prussia, the collection is structured across epochs and topics. It includes an important collection of visual art (painting, graphics and sculptures) including Lovis Corinth, Käthe Kollwitz, painters of the Nidden artists' colony and the Königsberg Academy of Art. Important works of Königsberg Baroque goldsmith's art, amber works of the 17th century up until state amber manufacture of the 20th century and Cadina majolica are focused on by the artisan department. The historic department ranges from the Middle Ages, the Prussian coronation and the conflicts of Prussia with Napoleon to the special collection covering escape, expulsion and integration.
Reduced offers during the reconstruction phase:
"Geheimnisse des Bernsteins/The Secrets of Amber" children's birthday for children from 5 to 12 years old: discover the secrets of amber with a microscope and polish a raw amber stone (duration 2 hours, price € 75 incl. material and entry)
Children's birthday "Edle Ritter und schöne Burgfräuleins/Noble Knights and Beautiful Damsels" for children from 6 to 9 years old: an adventurous trip through time to the Middle Ages including dressing up, acting and making a felt bag + raw amber. Younger children make a knight's coat of arms from clay (duration 2 hours, price € 75 incl. material and entry)