Amber is among the most precious and rare stones in the world. Its golden-yellow colour has inspired and misled generations of men and women. It has been at the center of European history. Amber fossils have taken scientists back to pre-historic eras and provided essential information regarding the origin of numerous species. Russia is known for its unique museum and out of the league collection of artefacts. The Amber Museum in Kaliningrad is another example of the unorthodox museums that Russia has in abundance. The experience at the Kaliningrad museum was a memorable and exciting one for me and my family.
Museums are generally not very exciting, especially for the kids. The amber museum is by no means a usual museum. It is a masterpiece, a collection of the world’s rarest stones and jewels. 28 rooms of themed artefact based on just one jewel might make you think that the museum would be monotonous, but you will be proved wrong once you start exploring this rare and one of its kind amber museum. The themes vary from room to room starting with the origin of amber, moving on to its importance in art and architecture and then featuring precious jewels.
The museum also has a section which is entirely devoted to the relevance and use of amber in contemporary art forms. It will certainly make you realize that amber is not just a beautiful yellow stone. The section on amber fossils containing remains of flora and fauna millions of years old was my favourite among all sections at the museum.
The museum also contains the second largest piece of amber stone in the entire world. It is astonishing to see a 4.2 kg piece of pure amber, as a businessman I could not stop myself from estimating its cost but I failed miserably. The kids also had tremendous amounts of fun in the fossil gallery while my wife was engrossed in the precious jewels that were worn by some of the greatest monarchs of Europe. The entire trip to Russia was about exploring new avenues and I believe the amber Museum is clearly a unique experience.