New museum explores legend, science of amber

Elektron, anbar, bernstein, Baltic gold -- by any name, amber has been treasured since ancient times. The Polish city of Gdansk, a world center for amber crafting, recently acquired a new museum devoted to studying the world's most prized sap.

The Amber Museum has its home in a 14th century brick building that was originally part of the city wall. Some of its treasures include the world's second-largest single piece of amber and a drop of amber that encapsulates a pair of mating flies.