Museum of Lithuania
Director – Violeta Reipaitė.
Address: J. Aisčio g. 2, LT-56335, Rumšiškės, Kaišiadorių
L. Lekavičiaus g. 2, Rumšiškės, Kaišiadorių rajonas (Reception).
Tel.: (+370 ~ 346) 47 233 (Director), (+370 ~ 346) 47 392, (8 ~ 346) 47 237 (Booking Office).
Fax (+370 ~ 346) 47 120.
When the expositions can be viewed, the museum is
open to visitors:
May 1 – September 30: Monday – Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM.
October 1 – October 15 (some expositions): Monday – Sunday: 10 AM – 6
When the expositions cannot be viewed, the park
will be open:
May 1 – September 30: Monday – Sunday: 6–8 PM.
October 16 – March 31 (6 expositions and the church):
Monday – Sunday: 10 AM – 4 PM. April: Monday – Sunday: 10 AM – 8 PM.
Excursions made ahead of time by phone: (+370 346) 47392, (+370
Adults – 4 €,
pupils, students, Lithuanian military personnel and pensioners
(proper identification required) – 2 €.
Those receiving social support from the Republic of Lithuania
(verified documents must be provided or one that is verified by the
list of the Institute of Custody and Wardship) – 2 €.
Entrance fees when entering museum territory during
Entrance ticket: adults – 5 €, pupils, students, Lithuanian military
personnel and pensioners (proper identification required) – 3 €.
Cars – 20 € + the price of entrance ticket;
minibus (no less than 9 passengers) – 30 € + the price of entrance
bus – 50 € + the price of entrance ticket.
The Museum holds the privilege not to permit visitors to travel onto
museum property during holidays and special events.
Visiting the park of the museum:
Mondays and other days 6 PM – 8PM, the museum functions only as a
park (expositions are closed to the public at such time).
Ticket (entrance fee) – 2 € + ticket for mean of transportation.
Free of charge: children under the age of 6/7, orphans, museum
professionals, the physically disabled (group I and II according to
Lithuanian/EU statues) who may be accompanied by one person.
Bus drivers and teachers accompanying children or school groups (one
teacher for 20 children) may also enter free of charge.
Excursion of the premises (duration: 120 minutes): price (for groups
up to 20 people) – 40 € (English, German, Polish, Russian);
Excursion of the premises (duration: 120 minutes): price for
children, students, pensioners (groups up to 20 people) – 20 €.
For tours that exceed 120 minutes and additional fee will also be
Services provided (provided reservations are made forehand)
Thematic excursions and activities;
Filming and photographing for non-commercial purposes (reservations need not
be made ahead of time);
Filming, photographing of expositions for commercial purposes;
Searches of archival and bibliographic materials;
Conservation and restoration of objects;
Organizing seminars and conferences;
Organizing presentations of firms and their products;
Organizing closed commercial events as well as those of another nature;
Renting the grounds (courtyard) for closed, commercial events.
The museum’s collection consists of 80 000 exponents. There are buildings,
furniture, household articles, iconography materials, fences, wells,
beehives, orchards, flower gardens and other artifacts, which illustrate the
way of life, work and traditions of the peasants and townspeople of these
Lithuanian country life museum is an exposition in the open air. The core of
the museum - dwelling houses and economic buildings 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. They represent
the most characteristic stylistic features, planning, constructions, and
decorative elements of buildings of different epochs and social strata.
Natural environment of the buildings is restored – fences, green plantation,
sacral monuments. In 51 of these buildings an interior exposition with the
equipment characteristic to some particular period is arranged – furniture,
cloths, kitchen articles, working tools. In some buildings the process of
some kind of work is demonstrated: making pots of clay, processing of the
amber, wood, metal, weaving etc. A separate sector is devoted to the memory
of the exile and torture of the Lithuanian people – wigwam, exile carriage,
Cultural, educational activity
Educational programs are prepared.
Folk concerts are organized.
folk events are organized.
Family holidays are
Department of Architecture.
Department of Mode of Life, Occupations and Crafts.
Department of Information.
Restoration and Conservation Department.
Department of Forest Management and Landscape.
History of the Museum
The museum was founded in 1966.
The exposition was open for visitors in 1974.
Entire buildings and artifacts from towns, villages and farmsteads from all
over Lithuania have been brought to this place and reassembled. They date
from the second half of the 18th to the first half of the 20th century and
are well worth seeing.
Museum’s establisher – Lithuanian Republic’s Ministry of Culture.
Rumšiškės is town in central Lithuania, 13 km east of Kaunas, on the right
bank of the Nemunas river.
The fortress hills and the barrow graves in the surrounding country-side
indicate that the locality has been inhabited since ancient times. Numerous
bronze artefacts were discovered in the cremated and non cremated barrow
graves (13th–16th centuries) during excavations conducted in 1953–1963.
The earliest mention of Rumšiškės in historic sources goes back to the 14th
century. The township, one of four in the province of Kaunas, is mentioned
in 1508, while in 1557 there are references to the town and to the royal
township, also called eldership. In 1792 the town received the rights of
municipal self-government and a town crest, three white lilies on a red
The townspeople made their living mainly from the transit trade along the
Nemunas and the land route from Kaunas to Vilnius, with another branch
leading to Gardinas.
A school for township clerks was founded in the middle of the 19th century.
During Lithuania’s independence (1918–1940) it served as the township seat.
In 1966 was founded the Open-Air Museum of Lithuania in Rumšiškės.