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“How LIthuanians used to live... an excellent exhibit.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum

Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum
L. Lekaviciaus g. 2, Kaunas LT-56337, Lithuania
+370 346 47392
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Ranked #2 of 35 attractions in Kaunas
Type: History Museums
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Adelaide, Australia
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“How LIthuanians used to live... an excellent exhibit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2012

This is truly worthwhile visiting. I was driven privately to the location, so cannot comment on how to get here. Set on huge acreage, this open-air Museum shows you how Lithuanian people used to live, according to the region. You get an understanding how the houses were built, the interior, the gardens even the fences were all quite different. There is a person at each 'location' to explain about the inside of the house. One section has a whole little village within it ... school, baker, etc. The directions to each location is well signed and its wonderful to walk over a hill or around a corner and see something quite different. There are also displays within these "regions" where you can see people making decorative items from metal, wood and amber and also authentic weaving. You can buy wonderful souveneirs from them. Leave a whole day for this activity... there is a LOT of walking, but it so relaxing. I think you can rent a pushbike.

Visited August 2011
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“Live history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

Attrective place to visit, to see a historical houses and crafts alive. Better in summer.

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“Nice place - if you can find it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2011

There may be tour buses that take you here, but if you are an independent traveller it is not easy to get to Rumsiskes. Go to Kaunas Bus Station and find Platform 29; it is at the far end, close to a rubbish dump. The buses leave very infrequently; they are small and uncomfortable. But the fare is only a couple of euros. Get off at the not very attractive bus stop in the village rather than at the turn-off on the main road. If you are lucky, the driver may point you in the general direction of the museum. You will need to walk across a field and then follow the signposts. Buy your entrance ticket (10 litas) and then wander across the river to various settlements. There are some attractive buildings here, but unfortunately they are not well labelled and many of them were closed to the casual visitor. I believe it is possible to go inside some of them is you pay for a tour guide. There are two or three small restaurants on site. Many of the people inside the few open buildings were not guides but craftsmen and vendors. From one end of the site there are good views of the lake. It would be nice to be able to come and go by ferry, and a boat service does operate, but only on Sundays. A bit more information would also be helpful. Overall verdict: the site is well laid out and full of interesting objects, but the infrastructure is poor. Similar open-air museums in Latvia and Estonia are more welcoming and offer more insights into local culture.

Visited August 2011
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