Kretinga Museum

Kretinga is well known as a town where plenty of folk and architectural monuments can be seen. It is famous for its old monasteries, churches, cultural life, beautiful environment and perfect geographic location. But one of the most famous objects located there is the Kretinga Museum established in a beautiful palace of count Tiškevičius. The most valuable spiritual and material treasures  of Lithuanian culture and heritage are here exposed. The junction of ancient and modern culture, archeological and folk trends, popular arts and endless summer feeling is a miracle which must be visited.

The Kretinga Museum is located in a really appreciative place. The beauty of Tiškevičius palace building and its outside environment is a valuable monument itself not even counting the treasures it includes in number of indise halls. The park of the palace is almost as gorgeous as it used to be when county families lived there.  Huge oaks, wych-elms, exotic bushes and tree plantations create a distinguishing atmosphere! Three ponds also still stretch there in the 8 hectares territory of the park bringing chillness and vitality to this place. The park territory is under permanent handling. In the 19th century the park was declared to be one of the best examples of typical English landscape architecture monuments.

Inside the palace 6 different expositions are exposed. The exposition “Art of Estates” is composed of separate entire halls. Visitors can walk through rooms decorated with ancient furniture, ornaments, decorations, paintings. Entering these rooms equals to entering more that hundred years back the history. The stationary exposition called “Archeology” demonstrate archeological findings from  Lithuanian seaside that illustrate the past of Kretinga town and district. The third exposition names “History” was opened in 2000 and was dedicated to deportations and resistant movements in Kretinga. Authentic pictures, documents, historical  things are here exposed.  One more exposition was dedicated to Samogitian  (Samogitia – Žemaitija, one of 5 ethnographic regions in Lithuania) folklore “Ethnography”.  This part of the Kretinga Museum was turned into ancient Samogitian house. Visitors are able to get acquainted with the old traditions of Samogitians, their life style, their features of accommodation. There is no doubt that “Ethnography” should be complemented with another exposition “Folk Art” in order to be fulfilled. The latter displays old wooden carvings – 600 exhibits.

The last section of Kretinga Museum is absolutely different one. It is not related with history, it is related with the botany. The most impressing Winter Garden in Lithuania is located in the same Kretinga Museum complex. The Winter Garden is even called the adornment of Kretinga town. Visitors of the Winter Garden can get acquainted with more than 500 species of plants (3800 units) that were brought from various corners of the Planet. 4 employees of the Winter Garden take care about the plants like about babies. All around the year there are plants blooming. Even bananas grow in this paradise. People are welcome here not only as visitors, but as contributors too. The Winter Garden happily gift some seedlings to visitors and also champ for non-available plants to be gifted to the Winter Garden.

Address: Vilniaus str. 20, Kretinga
Open:
Museum
September 1st - June 1st -  Wen - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
June 1st - September 1st - Tue - Fri and Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM; VI - 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Winter Garden
September 1st - June 1st - Tue - Fri and Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM; VI - 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
June 1st - September 1st Mon - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM; Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM

Entrance 2-5 litas. Guidance 15 - 30 litas.