National Museum of Lithuania
Lithuania, Kaunas County

The Museum of National Life of Lithuania is one of the largest ethnographic open-air museums in Europe, located in the town of Rumšiškės, on the coast of the Kaunas reservoir. The museum was founded in 1966, opened its doors to visitors in 1974. On 195 hectares of the museum's territory 140 ancient buildings and more than 88,000 exhibits are presented, introducing the life, work, traditions of peasants and citizens of all ethnographic regions of Lithuania: Dzukiya, Aukstaytiya, Suvalkiya, Zhamaytiya and Little Lithuania, late XVIII - XX centuries. Along the seven-kilometer ring route passing through the forest, slopes and plains, there are villages, farmsteads, estates, century-old buildings with gardens, gardens, vegetable gardens and chapels. Here you can see the outbuildings: mills, forges, oil mills, spiers, barns, granaries. Most of the houses recreate unique interiors with ancient furniture, dishes, kitchen utensils and household items. City buildings are concentrated around the square in the center of the museum. In the town, visitors have the opportunity to get acquainted with the crafts that local residents were engaged in, see how clay pots are molded, amber is made of jewelry, woven, cut out of wood and baked bread. Those who wish can learn the basics of folk crafts from masters. The museum has organized a sector dedicated to the tragic period of Lithuanian history - the period of exile, deportation and Lithuanian resistance. The exhibition hall of the museum presents expositions of museum collections and original exhibitions of folk artists. On weekends and holidays, festivals, fairs, festivals are held on the territory of the museum, folklore groups perform, folk dances are performed. Here, in accordance with ancient traditions, they celebrate Easter, the Winter Conspiracy, the night on Jonines and other Lithuanian holidays. In the authentic inn you can taste the dishes of national cuisine, and in the souvenir shop you can buy the famous knitwear of Lithuanian craftswomen as a keepsake. The museum organizes excursions, temporary exhibitions, theme nights, master classes, various cultural events.