Lithuanian Sea Museum: view of the Nerija Fort
Central Redoubt: Before -After
Hall of Navigation: Before-After
Hall of navigation: Before After
Lithuanian Sea Museum is a complex comprising different types of exhibitions: aquaria, sea fauna, mammals and birds, shipping and navigation history. The museum was opened in 1979 in the premises of a marine defensive fort built in the 19th century: the Nerija Fort. The exhibitions of the museum are located in different buildings of the fort: central redoubt, poterns and caponieres. Receiving up to 450,000 visitors per year, the Lithuanian Sea Museum is one of the most visited museums in Lithuania.
Main characteristics of the pilot project
The Lithuanian Sea Museum lighting installation needed a general upgrade. The outdated lighting installations wasted a huge amount of energy. The main motivations to refurbish them were: reducing the energy bills, better light quality, and a better lighting design to enhance the architectural features of the fort.
The Lithuanian Sea Museum pilot was developed on the first floor of the main building and in other rooms situated around the fort’s yard. The indoor pilot perimeter was related to the refurbishment of a large quantity of halogen and conventional incandescent lamps (dozens of different lighting types). One important aspect of the pilot was the need for a corrected balance between the lighting of the exhibits and the general lighting of the space, even more so when, like in the Nerija fort, the architecture is of interest. Some exhibits could also benefit from the use of coloured lighting as it could create a scenographic effect and improve the user-experience.
Several needs also arose from a maintenance point of view as some lights were difficult to access and the lighting level for the cleaning operations was insufficient.
Finally, the economical aspect was very important as the original system had a very high energy consumption.
Energy saved: 59%
The lighting is now more homogeneous, and very flexible. It is easy to arrange the lighting as needed for temporary exhibitions, and to highlight specific areas.
The possibility to increase the lighting of the central redoubt for the duration of cleaning operations has improved the staff’s working conditions.
In addition to the improved lighting of the exhibits and aquarium, the new lighting system can create scenographic effects, taking advantage of the historical setting: in the halls for example, visitors now have the impression of being surrounded by running river or of being on the ramparts, with a simulation of a burning furnace and the effect of moving figures of workers.
Regarding energy savings, they are even much higher than expected and the maintenance costs will be drastically reduced.
The new LED lighting installation and introduction on the ILLUMINATE project are available in the new eGuide financed by the Baltic Museums 2.0 Plus project (EU South Baltic Crossborder Communication Programme).
Lithuanian Sea Museum also has a panel exhibition describing the project and the advantages of its new lighting installation.