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Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum

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Address: L. Lekaviciaus g. 2 | Rumsiskes, Kaunas LT-56337, Lithuania
Phone Number: +370 346 47392
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Open Air Museum of Lithuania is a unique and one of the largest (195 ha)...

Open Air Museum of Lithuania is a unique and one of the largest (195 ha) open-air ethnographic museums in Europe. It has the biggest quantity of exhibits (90820 exhibits). The museum presents the mode of life, works, and traditions of peasants and townspeople of all Lithuanian ethnographic areas: Dzūkija, Aukštaitija, Suvalkija, Žemaitija and Lithuania Minor. It was established in 1966, in Rumšiškės on a picturesque coast of Kaunas Lagoon. There are fragments of the villages, authentic farms, century-old buildings with flower gardens, orchards and vegetable gardens, with crosses and wooden roofed poles, technical facilities - mills, forges, a fulling-mill and oil-mill lining along 7 km circular route, meandering between forests, meadows and hills. In the centre of the museum there is a fragment of a township with its typical buildings, where pots are shaped, amber and wood works are done and weaving process of linen is presented. The painful past of Lithuanian history is reminded in the sector of Deportation and Resistance. The guided tours, educational programs, calendar feasts, folk group concerts are being organized in the museum, horseback riding club.

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The museum site is very large. The buildings are mainly late 18th-mid 19th Century. English descriptions are not very detailed, but this is well compensated by the friendly people... read more

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The museum site is very large. The buildings are mainly late 18th-mid 19th Century. English descriptions are not very detailed, but this is well compensated by the friendly people giving explanations at each building. Advice is to rent bicycles (warning: they are well-used). Checknat the entrance if the restaurants are open. If not, buy some drinks at the entrance.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Allthough we were here on a Saturday in July, there weren't many people visiting the museum, so we had the place almost to ourselves. You could visit about half of the buildings on the inside. No explanations in English, but friendly caretakers at most of the houses (who didn't speak English also, but we're friendly). Takes at least a couple... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this Open Air Museum with a guided tour group and enjoyed it immensely. We had a guide dressed traditionally and she was excellent in her descriptions of Lithuanian life back in time. We visited several houses, of the poor and of the "rich". Very interesting and enlightening about how life was lived. The area of the museum is... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a huge estate with various types of restored villages. I was particularly moved by the well kept Jewish home, including the mezzuzah on the door, two loaves of challah bread on the table, and Sabbath candles. A sad reminder that at its peak, Lithuania was the home to over 500,000 Jews from all over the world, living in... More 

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Kaunas, Lithuania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very nice historical park to visit for a walk or two. Take/rent a bike or go inside using a car (yes, it's possible to arrange it). Tje distances are long and soon you'll be tired. I also missed descriptions on exhibits, etc. So much untapped potential in this place...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Well laid out. Everything is authentic. We had a trafitionally dressed guide. All items have been purchased or donated from the public. Beautiful gardens. You canspend wll day or two hours.

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Kaunas, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Lovely museum! We with family was here more times in all seasons. Here can to visit and to find interesting things what to view and to do in winter and in summer.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

As is the case with many of Lithuania's outdoor presentations, the setting is stunning. At Rumsiskes one drives through the verdant green of deciduous trees of all kinds to travel between farm holdings, ranging from simple existence farming to grander homes and manor houses brought from a broad range of sites across Lithuania. This is the old world at its... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Excellent Open Air Museum, should only be visited in season as villages can only be viewed externally off season. Lots of walking between areas, not suitable for wheelchair users. Nice coffee shops within. A journey back in time, well worth a visit.

Thank Gilly1956
Torun, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

If you'd like to get to know Lithuanian folk culture there is the one best place to do so - the Open-Air Museum in Rumsiskes that will open your mind and win your heart. It is easy to access from Kaunas - there are buses from the bus station and if you travel by car it's about half an hour... More 

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