Museum of Rumšiškės

The Museum of Rumšiškės was established by Lthuanian Ministry of Culture . Rumšiškės itself is a town situated about 30 kilometers far from Kaunas. A lot of evidences supporting the fact about this area to be settled in 1508 can be found in written sources. Even some bronze artifacts were discovered in 1953 here. Established in 1966, the Museum of Rumšiškės was finally opened to the public 8 years later in  1974. The main feature of the Museum of Rumšiškės is the entire layout of Lithuanian villages and towns including farmsteads. These settlements have been laid out just as they were laid in the period of second half of the 18th  century to the first half of the 20th. These structures were brought from all over the country of Lithuania and reassembled here for the visitors. In 2007 the Museum of Rumšiškės was also featured in the Amazing Race 12, a reality show that won the Emmy award half a dozen times.

The Museum of Rumšiškės represents structures from different Lithuanian regions: Žemaitija (Samogitia), Aukštaitija,  Suvalkija, Dzūkija and Lithuania the Minor. It boasts of having a collection of over 140 buildings from the 18-19th centuries that are all constructed with both – original ancient interior, exterior  and even the surroundings.  Beehives, wells, gardens of flowers, artifacts, fences, furniture – all this stuff creates a realistic atmosphere of the life and traditions of peasants and villagers lived in bygone centuries. Spread over the area of 175  hectares,  the Museum of Rumšiškės looks like an entire village that has been recreated and reconstructed in a very imaginative and artistic way. The overall length of the excursion covers a trail that is around 6 kilometers long.

For the visitors, there is a tearoom and a separate tavern. Number of folk-based companies also conduct concerts here on the weekends. It is quite an unusual experience to have dinner and enjoy the folk show in surroundings of a few hundred years old village. Thus, Museum of Rumšiškės is often attended by wedding parties, families, foreign tourists, companies, school groups – that is a really attractive sightseeing place in Lithuania.

Once there was an accident when Kaunas Lagoon flooded Rumšiškės town. That caused some problems to the Museum of Rumšiškės too.  Soon after the incident,  a dam here was constructed to prevent the town as well as the museum  from such kind of problems to happen again. The Museum of Rumšiškės is one of the largest ethnographic museums in Europe so efforts to prevent, maintain and enlarge the museum are valuable and appreciable.

Museum of Rumšiškės