October April I-VI 9.00 18.00 April October I-VII 9.00 18.00
Kazimieras Mizgiris (member of Lithuanian photoartists' union, artist of International Federation of Photographic Art (AFIAP))
Demonstration of craft
Hours of craft demonstration on Mondays and on Thursdays, when it is agreed in advance.
Professional artist Nerijus Erminas demonstrates a process of making of decorations.
1st educational programme for children:
1 lesson, which lasts 1 academic hour is for free for the group of 10 - 15 schoolchildren. The objective: to tell the history of amber from the circumstances of amber formation till its use in our daily life and in life of our ancestry; to present the development of amber formation and extraction; to show the methods of amber processing; to reveal secrets of Juodkrate's treasure. Project "Gintaro kelias" (in english: 'Coming of amber') set up in the museum illustrates perfectly a story about Baltic amber as well as demonstrative place about old pagan sainted places in Lithuania. Employees of Amber museum-gallery perform the office of tutorage.
2nd educational programme for children:
2 lessons which lasts 1 academic hour for the group of 10 - 15 schoolchildren. Price fluctuates from 1 Litas till 20 Litas for one person (it depends on amber).
1 Litas till 20 Litas for one person (it depends on amber). During the first lesson, the history of amber processing will be presented, also you will see the methods of amber processing from oldest times till nowadays, amber processing tools will be presented too. You will be trained to drill perforations using amber processing tool of XIX century, which is exhibited in the gallery.
During the second lesson you will be trained to lap amber and polish it and to drill a perforation in it using these tools: glass-paper, special paste of amber polish, wool. Participants are able to make amber marker for book as a remembrance about us. Employees of Amber museum-gallery perform the office of tutorage.
Educational programme for adults:
1) Participants are trained to make amber amulet using modern technique of amber processing; 2) Participants are trained to process amber professionally. Artist N. Erminas teaches.
History and presentation of activity
First articles of amber were begun to produce before 5 thousand year, famous Juodkrate's treasure proclaims about it. Then amber was processed using flinty rakers or diamonds. During the Iron Age amber was processed more easily, and during the Middle Ages amber was begun to melt it and it lost its real natural beauty. Amber as a raw material was used till the middle of XX century. Designer Feliksas Daukantas originated new attitude towards amber. Natural beauty of amber was begun to uphold it again.
History of Baltic amber formation is presented visually and artistically in this centre of culture. It is shown an impressive and unique collection of pieces of Baltic amber, in which a variety of amber colours, sizes and natural forms is revealed. You can see the examples of authentic inclusus in the gallery, the most unique of them is a lizard in the amber. Knowledge of amber is prolonged in medical, power and industrial aspect. Very important object of art centre is sainted place of old Balts. Here, visitors are familiarized with old pagan rituals and amber role in them. Active educative activity is performed in art centre. Seminars for society are organized in this centre, these seminars are necessary in order to expand the knowledge and stimulate discussions in various questions of culture. Art centre of Baltic amber organizes regularly individual exhibitions of artists. Gallery gives a good opportunity to the visitors to see everything lively and to participate in the process of amber processing, which is performed by professional artist.