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Virtual exhibit "Imagery of World War I Brought to Life in Photo Album of Pilot and Photographer Otto Liessmann"  See >

Virtual exhibit "Lietuva Pirmojo pasaulinio karo metais Aleksandro Tiškevičiaus ikonografijos rinkinyje" See >

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Kretinga Museum. Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas

Botanical Garden (Greenhouse). Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas

Botanical Garden (Greenhouse). Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas

Botanical Garden (Greenhouse). Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas  30 Lt (8,60 €).

Archaeology. Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas

Archaeology. Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas

Manor Culture. Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas

Manor Culture. Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas

Manor Culture. Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas

Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas

Ethnography. Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas

Ethnography. Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas

Numismatics. Photo: Jonas Strazdauskas

kretinga Museum

Address: Vilniaus g. 20, LT-97104, Kretinga.
Tel.: (+370 ~ 445) 77 323, (+370 ~ 445) 77 612.
Fax (+370 ~ 445) 77 323.
Director – Vida Kanapkienė.

Opening hours:
1 September – 31 May:
Exposition: Wednesday – Sunday 10–18.
Winter Garden: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday 10–18; Saturday 10–19.
1 June – 31 August:
Exposition: Wednesday – Sunday 10–18.
Winter Garden: Monday 10–18, Tuesday – Sunday 10–20.30. 

Attendance of the museum expositions in the central palace and in the water mill:
adults – 10 Lt (2,90 €),
pupils, students – 4 Lt (1,15 €),
pensioners – 6 Lt (1,73 €).

Guided tours (1 hour):
Excursions to the central palace of the museum  – 40 Lt (11,50 €),
Excursions to the central palace of the museum in a foreign language – 60 Lt (17,30 €),
Excursion to the palace park – 20 Lt (5,70 €),
Excursion to the palace park in a foreign language – 30 Lt (8,60 €).

Additional services:
Cafe "At Count's";
Botanical Garden rentals for receptions; 
White hall rentals for conferences, business presentations;
Tour reservations.

The museum collection consists of archaeological finds, numismatics, collections of 17th–19th century applied art and paintings, folk sculpture, ethnographic and historic domestic life exhibits.


Archaeological exposition „Prehistory of Kretinga region“
The culture of people having lived in the seaboard region of Western Lithuania from the oldest time to the XIII century is exposed. These are exhibits reminding of the end of the last glacial period and beginning of warming climate: limestone with corals and molluscs from Scandinavian mountains, fragments of oak trunks from the gravel deposit of the Minija. The period of the Neolith is presented by bone, horn or flint products from Palanga and Šventoji towns.
The solar motive is reflected by later burial monuments and heritage of material culture. Sets of decorations and individual unique openwork products made by Aistian craftsmen – jewellers – are exposed: these are brooches and necklaces with red enamel decor, brass brooches and pins covered with silver imitation – tin covering. Necklaces made of turned amber beads and subtle pendants evidence the importance of amber as an amulet. Sets of decorations of the Curonian aristocracy are also exposed. Active exchange is evidenced by prefab scales and weights.

9 silver coin treasures are stored in the numismatic set of the museum. They include 2 862 coins made in Vilnius, Stockholm, Kaliningrad, Riga, Krakow, Torun, Gdansk, Brussels and other cities. In the exposition some coins of different denominations from the treasures are demonstrated which define the money market in the territory of Lithuania in the first half of the XVI century – XVIII century in the chronologic aspect and show the political and economic development of Lithuania as a state as well as its position in Europe.

Exposition of the history and culture of the palace
The exhibits shown in the exposition in the chronologic order tell us about the owners of Kretinga Palace, their most important works in Kretinga and Lithuania. The most significant trace in the history of the land was left by Jonas Karolis Chodkevičius, a famous Lithuanian warrior and national character, head of Vilnius, who founded Kretinga town in the beginning of the XVII century, built a Franciscan monastery and a church. The most impressive exhibit is picture „Kircholm battle“ painted by P. Snayersi in about 1620 commemorating the victory of warrior J. K. Chodkevičius against Sweden King Charles IX in 1605 which original is stored at Chateau de Sassenage Castle in France.
The cultural heritage of the family of Juozapas Tiškevičius is also stored and exposed at the museum with respect. The count founded the family residence in Kretinga with a park and the biggest winter garden in Europe in 1875, opened the first water-power plant in Lithuania in 1878 and built the first telephone line Kretinga−Plungė−Rietavas in Lithuania together with knight Bogdanas Oginskis in 1882. Portraits, photos, personal documents and letters tell us the history of the Tiškevičiai family and the cultural heritage is commemorated by the furniture with family blazon „Leliva“ in the dining room, palace-decorating vases, sculptures and pictures.

Botanical Garden (Greenhouse) 
This exposition is extremely fascinating to the visitors. The Botanical garden was established by count Juozapas Tiškevicius in 1875. During World War II the garden was completely destroyed. In 1987 the Greenhouse was revived. Now the garden is verdant and more than 580 plants from all over the world are in bloom. The area of the garden is 693 square meters. The exposition is constantly being renewed.

Ethnographic exposition „Circle of the sun“
The exposition is demonstrated in the former water mill of Kretinga Palace. Its structure consists of 5 topics: „Let’s wake the earth“, „Spring and summer joys and worries“, „Autumn treasures“, „Flax covers, flax dresses, flax makes a wedding ball“, „We live looking forward to light and birth“. Travelling around the seasons, visitors can familiarize with the most important kinds of work, tools, domestic commodities, calendar holidays and traditions of our ancestors. The sculptures of saints: St. Izidorius, St. Jurgis, St. Antanas, St. Ona and St. Mary patronize works, holidays and traditions of old people and lead to the „Circle of the Sun“. 

Historic, archaeological, regional, personal, art, folk art and exile-commemorating exhibitions are organized at the museum.

Cultural, educational activity
Educational activities;
Concerts given by professional performers;
Chamber concerts;
Openings of exhibitions;
Organization of conferences, seminars and lectures;
Literature evenings;
Holiday commemorations;
Traditional Palace Holiday;
Preparation of scientific and information articles for printing. 

Department of exhibit protection, accounting and restoration;
Department of history;
Department of archaeology;
Department of ethnography;
Department of art;
Department of information and education;
Department of nature;
Department of bookkeeping;
Department of economics.

History of the Museum
The idea of the Musem's establishment has been nurtured and carried out by teacher Juozas Žilvitis (1903–1975).
In January 1935, the council of the Kretinga region approved Kretinga Museum Committee. 
On July 12,1935, inauguration of the Museum took place in a building of Kretinga's Municipality.
In the beginning of 1936, the museum was moved to a rented house in Kęstutis Street. 
On September 5, 1940, the museum was declared a state institution. The Kretinga Region Museum became a branch of Kaunas State Museum (now Vytautas the Great War Museum).
In 1922, the museum was established in Count Tiškevičiai Manor, which dates back to the 19th century. The Manor is surrounded by a park. Next to the Manor there is the Botanical Garden (Greenhouse).
The founder of the Museum is the Kretinga Region Municipality. 


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