Category: Museums

Museums that exhibit historical diving equipment or tell about the history of diving

England, Porstmouth and Gosport

Text: Jouko MoisalaTranslation: Ralf Strandell Anyone interested in spending a weekend visiting maritime museums and diving museums should head to Portshnmouth, England. It is an old port and a British naval base and there is plenty to see besides the museums. Maritime monuments are present everywhere. In the picture above we can see a figurehead …

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Maritime museum of Kaliningrad

Text by Jouko MoisalaTranslation by Ralf Strandell Kaliningrad is a part of former Soviet Union, now part of Russia. It is obvious that annexing it to Lithuania would have been difficult if not impossible, as it was and still is a very important naval base. The first thing to catch a visitors eye is submersible …

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Traveling around Finland to locate exhibitions

Historical diving equipment is on display in many museums. It is almost always related to professional diving, meaning helmets and pumps and related diving dresses can be found. Along the western coast of Finland there are many small towns with a maritime museums. Rauma The Maritime Museum of Rauma is located at Kalliomäenkatu (34) in …

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Estonia, Tallinn, Estonian maritime museum

The Estonian maritime museum is located on two sites. Part of the collection is on display in Thick Margareta, a tower in the city wall encircling the old town, while the rest can be found in Lennusadam (an old water plane hangar). Both sites are a walking distance apart. This museum does not really offer …

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Poland, Warsaw, museum of diving

An actual museum of diving (not a maritime museum) resides in Warsaw at Grzybowska 88. It boasts one of the largest collections in Europe with around 800 objects in its collection and it is worth a long visit. The museum was founded in 2006 by the Warzav diving club. The vast majority of the exhibition …

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Sweden, Stockholm, Vasa-museum

After a few minutes walk from Dyktankhus you will find yourself in the Vasa museum. It is a place well worth a half-day visit. The recovery of the Vasa warship involved a lot of diving. The earliest dives were done in the beginning of the 1660’s when Treileben and Peckel used freedivers and a diving …

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Sweden, Stockholm, Dyktankhuset

The Historical Diving Society of Sweden, Svenska Dykerihistoriska Förening (SDF), is worlds oldest such society. It was founded in 1979. It managed to get hold of a building called the Dive Tank House, “Dyktankhus”, that was used as a training and research station in the Kalärvarvet submarine fleet base. In the building there was a …

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Poland, Gdynia, maritime museum

Divers in Gdynia Gdynia is a short and cheap journey away from Gdansk by train. The train goes from Glowny station from where one can also travel to Sopot, which we would also recommend (not as a diving history destination though). The museum in Gdynia is at the sea and it features diving amongst other …

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Poland, Gdansk, maritime museum

Gdansk offers a lot to a visitor. The maritime museum on the banks of river Moltava features diving in addition to its other displays. The museum is well worth a visit. The day can be completed with a visit to the Second World War museum, which offers new perspectives on the war. A LIST OF …

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