MUSEUM OF AMBER INCLUSIONSDepartment of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology
ul. Wita Stwosza 59, 80-308 Gdańsk
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  • Museum of Amber Inclusions, established in 1998, is an integral part of Laboratory of Evolutionary Entomology and Museum of Amber Inclusions of the Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Parasitology, Faculty of Biology, University of Gdańsk. Museum originated thanks of scientist and involvement of amber-workers of Gdańsk, which were intent to return of pre-World War II tradition of collection and research on natural history of amber. Originator of creation of the Laboratory was then head of Department, Professor Ryszard Szadziewski.

     


    STAFF

    Head
    dr hab. Jacek Szwedo prof. UG
    prof. dr hab. Ryszard Szadziewski dr inż. Karol Szawaryn dr Elżbieta Sontag mgr Błażej Bojarski

     

    The main missions of the Museum are:

    University’s collection of inclusions is a natural history collection, preserving materials and specimens for taxonomic research, and in parallel, is a fundament of knowledge on Tertiary biodiversity, palaeobiology and palaeoecology. During 20 year of Museum’s activities nearly 6000 amber nodules with over 14000 zooinclusions were gathered. It is a large amount, considering that almost whole collection are gifts of amber-workers, scientists, students and other persons with well-disposed attitude towards the idea of creation of amber inclusions collection at University of Gdańsk. In our collection, 95% comprises invertebrates preserved in Baltic amber. The remaining, small portion are other taxonomic groups of animals, inclusions of plants, and inclusions in other fossil resins. The most precious specimens in the collection are holotypes – the specimens on which species new to science were described. University’s collection can boast of over 50 descriptive types, among those of dipterans, hemipterans, beetles, hymenopterans, neuropterans, mayflies, dragonflies and mites.

    The collection was erected for scientific purposes. Nowadays, thanks of support of International Amber Association and Ministry of Science and Higher education of Poland, Museum is in disposal of well equipped technical background for amber processing, enabling the studies and research for scientists and students.

    Integral and the most attractive part of the Museum is a permanent educational exhibition “Life in amber forest”. Its production was financed from the European Fund of Regional Development, in the framework of Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment. Amber specimens presented in the exhibition are in majority gifts from Gdańsk’s amber-workers.

    Since the beginnings of the Museum, the close cooperation with the amber-workers environment has been established. In fact the Presidents of the International Amber Association, Mr. Wiesław Gierłowski and Mr. Wojciech Kalandyk contributed significantly to the creation of a museum. The continuation of this cooperation is our participation in amber fairs Amberif and Ambermart. During the Amberif fairs, workers of the Museum and members of the Palaeoentomological Section of the Polish Entomological Society provide Palaeontological Gallery, and during the Ambermart fairs we prepare the stand of the Museum of Amber Inclusions. During these fairs we are serving free of charge service of inclusions recognition and identification and we also help to resolve the mysteries of amber fossils.