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Rumsiskes Open-Air Museum
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Private 6-Hour Tour to the Rumsiskes Open-Air...
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 10, 2014

This is where you get a true cultural experience! Essentially a small model of Lithuania with tons of history!!! Must Go! Bring Water.

1  Thank Gediminas P
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

We booked Guest house "Girkalnio namas" which located in the Open Air Museum of Lithuania in Rumšiškės. This early 20th century building offers classical, original Lithuanian furniture and décor. It is an unique place to have a holliday.I reccomend to visit this guest house ,there you can feel the spirit ot the past of lithuanian culture and interior. I made some photos when i visited there. Very Beautiful place and nature.

1  Thank Kestas K
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

Very nice open air museum. Especially interesting for visit during the summer time or various Lithuanian festivals, e.g. Carnival (Lithuanian- Uzgavenes). During the Carnival a lot of Lithuanian pagan traditions are visible there. Be prepare for strange masks, dances and games!

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

This Museum is typical of a Lithuanian 'tourist attraction' - there is very little signage (in any language), very few toilets, almost nowhere to buy ices/drinks/souvenirs, and you have to walk a long way to get round it all. So if you're into 'theme parks', don't go there! The site is extensive and contains around a dozen sets of buildings brought from all over the nation and reassembled complete with original artefacts, beautiful gardens and small-scale workshops which are sometimes open to sell crafts and home-produced foods. It is a fascinating exposition of Lithuanian life at the start of the twentieth century, and helps to put into perspective all those seemingly abandoned homesteads which can be seen all over the countryside. There is a rudimentary map and occasional signposts, but it's best to 'get lost' and absorb the atmosphere. English-language guides are available, but the 'guardians' of each homestead don't usually get involved with tourists, so you are expected to explore alone. Take the car onto the site unless you're athletic, it's a long walk. Take a picnic and plenty to drink if it's hot, and take a camera. And be critical - the religious artefacts are almost exclusively Lithuanian Catholic, and there is no mention of the hundreds of Jewish shetls which existed pre-1940, and only a passing mention - at the memorial site - of the extermination of Lithuanian Jewry.

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

We visited this museum, just outside Kaunas (13 km) , enroute to Vilnius. Here there was a large site - so plenty of walking - to visit a "village" from the 1850-1900 period. The museum’s collection consists of 80 000 items - so plan at least half a day! There are buildings, furniture, household articles, beehives, orchards, flower gardens and other artifacts, which illustrate the way of life, work and traditions of the peasants and townspeople of these regions.

Whilst we were there, a folk music concert was talking place, so we had the added bonus of hearing some local music.

This is a living museum, with people walking around in costume - this all adds to a positive atmosphere. Our children enjoyed seeing the old carts and the mini village in the centre.

The core of the museum - old dwelling houses and buildings have been transferred from different regions of Lithuania – Aukštaitija (Upper Lithuania, Suvalkija, Žemaitija (Lower Lithuania or Samogitia), Lithuania Minor. The buildings are grouped in complexes: farmsteads, small villages, and towns.

In some of the buildings there are some interesting demonstrations - such as weaving, making pots from clay, how to process amber etc.

4  Thank Sandra-Sophia
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