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Lithuanian Ethno-Cosmology Museum in winter. Photo: Gunaras Kakaras
Lithuanian Ethno-Cosmology Museum in winter. Photo: Gunaras Kakaras
Viewpoint. Photo: Gunaras Kakaras
Viewpoint. Photo: Gunaras Kakaras
Museum of the birds flight. Photo: Gunaras Kakaras
Museum of the bird's flight. Photo: Gunaras Kakaras
Museum of the birds flight. Photo: Gunaras Kakaras
Museum of the bird's flight. Photo: Gunaras Kakaras
Museum at night. Photo: Gunaras Kakaras
Museum at night. Photo: Gunaras Kakaras

Lithuanian Ethno-Cosmology Museum

Contacts
Address: Kulionių kaimas, LT-33354, Čiulėnų seniūnija, Molėtų rajonas.
Tel./fax +370 383 45 424.
E-mail astro[at]moletai.omnitel.net
Website http://www.etnokosmomuziejus.lt

Information for visitors
Information about the attendance, prices, programs:
Monday – Friday 8.00–16.30 by phone (+370 ~ 383) 45 424.

Admission
Adults – 6–22 Lt.
Students, pensioners, disabled 3–10 Lt.

Programs
Day-time program "Ethnocosmology in Lithuania and abroad"
Night-time program using a 40 cm (mirror diameter) telescope
Night-time program using a 80 cm (mirror diameter) telescope
Consolation (substitute) program (this programme is organized in the evening if cloudiness hinders the night-time excursion)
Observation of surroundings
Observation of the Sun

About museum
The museum is the first and the only museum of such character in the world. The essence of the museum is the relationship of a man and mankind with the Cosmic World.

Ethnocosmology is a reflection of the relations of a man and mankind with the Cosmic World and their manifestation in culture: traditions of life of the nation, its rites, material and verbal heritage, science, technology, literature, art, philosophy, religions, futurology and science fiction.

The main task of museum is to collect, accumulate, systematize, preserve, research the information on the relationship of a man and mankind with the Cosmic World and to provide it to the visitors.

History of the Museum
In the 1960s, the search for a location to build a new Lithuanian astronomical observatory began. The old one, situated in Vilnius’ Čiurlionis St., could no longer function properly due to the city’s dust, smoke, and lighting.

In 1978, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the old astronomical observatory at Vilnius University. Thanks to Klimka, on this special occasion we opened a museum on one of the floors of the Molėtai Astronomical Observatory. Besides the telescopes from the old Vilnius observatory, one could find there several ethnographic exhibits that already marked our nation’s connection with the celestial world.

On 15 March 1990, in accordance with the decision of the Presidium of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, the Museum of Ethnocosmology was established as a separate division of the Eksma experimental laboratory.

During 2007–2008 the museum was restored.

 

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