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Association of Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea

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Association of Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea
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FormationJuly 1991 (Malbork, Poland)
TypeNon-political and non-profitable organization
Region served
Countries around the Baltic Sea
  •  Denmark
  •  Estonia
  •  Finland
  •  Germany
  •  Latvia
  •  Lithuania
  •  Poland
  •  Russia
  •  Sweden
The Castle of Malbork, where the Association of Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea was founded in 1991

The Association of Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea is a non-political and non-profitable organisation incorporating castles and museums located in the nine countries around the Baltic Sea. Its goal is to promote mutual cooperation between institutions with close ties to their nations' history and cultural heritage.[1]


The Association of Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea was founded in the Castle of Malbork, Poland in 1991. The idea to create a cooperation between castles and museums around the Baltic Sea came from Michel Marbot, a French philanthropist living in Poland with close ties to the city of Malbork. Together with the director of the Castle of Malbork, they invited castle and museum directors from all nine countries around the Baltic Sea to Malbork for a first meeting which led to the foundation of the Association of Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea.[2]


The Association provides a platform for teaching and learning amongst museum professionals from similar castles and museum collections. It also provides a forum in which its members can meet, create networks and exchange their knowledge and ideas. Once a year the Association organises a General Assembly in one its member castles or museums, during which an International Conference takes place, allowing participants to address key issues related to the six pillars of the Association:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Restoration
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Tourism

Additional conferences, seminars and board meetings are also hosted at least twice a year by member castles and museums.[3] [4]

Member Castles and Museums[edit]

The Association regroups the following 42 castles and museums located around the Baltic Sea:


  • Denmark Koldinghus Castle
  • Denmark Kronborg Castle
  • Denmark Rosenborg Castle
  • Denmark Sønderborg Castle
  • Denmark Vordingborg Castle
  • Denmark Nyborg Castle
  • Denmark Sønderskov Manor


  • Estonia Narva Castle
  • Estonia Haapsalu Castle
  • Estonia Vastseliina Castle


  • Finland Häme Castle
  • Finland Lappeenranta Fortress
  • Finland Louhisaari Manor
  • Finland Olavinlinna Castle
  • Finland Raseborg Castle
  • Finland Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
  • Finland Svartholm Sea Fortress
  • Finland Turku Castle


  • Germany Eutin Castle
  • Germany Gottorf Castle


  • Latvia Bauska Castle
  • Latvia Cēsis Castle
  • Latvia Durbe Manor
  • Latvia Rundāle Palace
  • Latvia Turaida Castle
  • Latvia Ventspils Castle


  • Lithuania Biržai Castle
  • Lithuania Gediminas Castle Tower
  • Lithuania Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania
  • Lithuania The Trakai Island and Peninsular Castles


  • Poland Kwidzyn Castle
  • Poland Malbork Castle
  • Poland The Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle
  • Poland Olsztyn Castle
  • Poland Lidzbark Castle
  • Poland Elbląg Teutonic Castle


  • Russia Oreshek Fortress
  • Russia Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Russia Vyborg Castle


  • Sweden Kalmar Castle
  • Sweden Malmöhus Castle
  • Sweden Skokloster Castle

Board members[edit]

Member institutions send delegates to a General Assembly, usually held in Malbork, to elect the Association's Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and a Board, composed of one delegate from each country. The director of the castle of Malbork is the Association's permanent Vice Chairman.[5]

These positions are currently held by:

  • President: Ina Line, Latvia
  • Vice President: Mariusz Mierzwiński, Poland
  • Second Vice President: Bengt Kylsberg, Sweden
  • Secretary: Christer Nilsson, Sweden
  • Treasurer: Jouni Marjamäki, Finland
  • Carsten Porskrog Rasmussen, Denmark
  • Kaire Tooming, Estonia
  • Päivi Partanen, Finland
  • Friedrike von Cossel, Germany
  • Virgilius Poviliunas, Lithuania
  • Vladimir Tsoy, Russia

Honourable board members[edit]

  • Honourable President and founder of the Association: Michel Marbot

External links[edit]


  1. Association website
  2. "The Association of Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea XXIV General Assembly and International Conference "Museum in Historical Residences"". MUZIEJUS INTERNETE. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  3. Association website
  4. "The Association of Castles and Museums around the Baltic Sea organizes an international conference in Turku on 10-13 May, 2017". Museovirasto (in Finnish). 10 May 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2018.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  5. Association website

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