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“How LIthuanians used to live... an excellent exhibit.”

Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum
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Ranked #2 of 93 things to do in Kaunas
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 30, 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.

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Reviewed January 27, 2012

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

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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.

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