Rumsiskes is a small picturesque
town situated on the right bank of the Nemunas River, 80 km
from Vilnius. The town existed here from time immemorial,
but the first historical reference to it dates back to the
14 century. Nowadays in the surroundings not far from the
modern town one can come across numerous barrow graves and
fortress hills that have been preserved from the ancient time.
There is a place near Rumsiskes, where
the time seems to have stopped. It is the National Ethnographic
Open-air Museum Rumsiskes. It was founded in 1966 and has
been opened to the public since 1974. The visitors can get
acquainted with architecture, traditions, crafts and life
of the different Lithuanian regions in the 18-beginning of
the 20th century. The museum occupies territory of 20 hectares;
it is a small village, presenting Lithuania in miniature.
The museum's exposition is divided into four ethnographic
regions Aukstaitija, Zemaitija, Suvalkija and Dzukija. Traditional
buildings present the characteristic features of the rural
architecture of the each region. You can enter any house and
see with your own eyes how people lived hundred years ago.
Authentic furniture, crockery, kitchen articles, tools are
at the display.
Museum guides, dressed in traditional
clothes, will tell you about culture and tradition of Lithuanian
folk. In some buildings the process of some kind of work is
demonstrated: making pots of clay, processing of the amber,
wood, metal, weaving, etc. In the museum premises different
folklore festivals and fairs, where you can buy works of applied
art, made by local craftsmen, are held regularly. A typical
Lithuania tavern offers national meals and local beer.
All prices are on request.
Please contact us for more information.