Gdańsk from 16th to 18th century - life of a port city
The exhibition depicts the colourful life of old Gdańsk, which concentrated upon the Motława river, close to The Żuraw, where goods arrived by Vistula from the hinterland. Visitors can learn about navigational aspects of the port and get to see what the first lighthouses looked like in Wisłoujście and Nowy Port, the port quays, the Pale Chamber where the port fees were paid, the merchant office where transactions were made and a representative guest room in a typical Gdańsk tenement.
In Gdańsk there was a variety of goods which were traded and filled the granaries, mainly the grain stored since autumn waiting for the price rise in early spring, but also timber, salt, herring, wine and beer, wool and silk, linen and fur, handcrafts and art. Gdańsk was an important shipbuilding centre. One of the exhibition rooms is devoted to handcraft workshops manufacturing various products required on a ship: line-makers, mast-makers, sail-makers, tar-makers and anchor-makers.