Rumšiškės. Lithuanian Folk Museum
Location: N54° 51` 50.3", E24° 13` 1.19" | Website: llbm.lt
Lithuanian Folk Museum is one of the largest (195 ha) and having most exhibits (91,420) ethnographic museum in Europe under the open sky. The museum reflects the peasants’ and townspeople‘s life, work and traditions in all the regions of Lithuania: Dzukija, Highland, Suvalkija, Samogitia and the Minor Lithuania in the end of the 18th century - the first half of the 20th century. There are barns, granaries, stables, barns, sheds, windmills, fences, wells, folk architecture and ancient farming implements. Along the road of 6 km there are houses, individual buildings, various workshops, folk technical monuments all Lithuanian ethnographic regions. The museum organizes traditional Lithuanian festivals. The museum is divided into ethnographic and several other sectors.
The museum was founded in 1966 in Rumšiškės, by the picturesque Kaunas Lagoon. The road (7 km circular route) meanders between forests, meadows, hills, villages fragments, cosy houses, centuries-old buildings with flowerbeds, gardens and kitchen gardens, with chapels and crosses, technical facilities - mills, a homespun fulling-mill, a forge, an oil-mill.
In the centre of the museum there is the town with its typical buildings, where pots, things of amber or wood are made.
Exile and resistance sector reflects the most painful moments of Lithuania.
Further away in the north-west from the ethnographic homestead museum area there is Aristavėlės manor. Unique Aristavėlės manor is a valuable example of Baroque Lithuanian wooden architecture, embodying traditional stylistic and construction of the interaction, and it represents a prestigious, high construction culture, fancy shapes Lithuanian nobility architecture.
Lithuanian Folk Museum (2 L.Lekavičius St) WORKING HOURS:
When interior expositions are opened, the museum is visited:
May - September Mon. – Sun.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
1st- 15th October (a part of the exhibition is open) Mon. – Sun.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
When interiors expositions are closed, the museum is visited as a park:
April Mon. – Sun.: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May - September Mon. – Sun.: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
From 16th October till 31st March Mon. – Sun.: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
On the eve of holidays the museum working hours are one hour shorter. The museum organizes various educational programmes, more detailed information can be found at http://www.llbm.lt/