Open Air Museum

Co-creation in arts, culture and heritage

Open Air Museum

The Open-Air Museum of Lithuania is one of the largest ethnographic open-air museums in Europe. It was established on the picturesque shores of Kaunas Lagoon in Rumšiškės in 1966 and opened for visitors in 1974.

The museum displays the heritage of Lithuanian rural life in a vast collection of authentic resurrected buildings where the Lithuanian people lived and worked. Set amidst 176 hectares of rolling hills and forest, the museum has been laid out to represent Lithuania's ethnographic regions by way of placing traditional village homes and agricultural buildings along a 7 km route, many of which operate during summer with a host of activities including the baking of bread, the wearing of traditional costumes, pottery workshops and other old-fashioned pursuits. The total area contains 140 buildings from the 18th–19th century with the restored original interiors and surroundings. The centre of the museum is a small town with its characteristic buildings in which pots are rolled, amber and wood products are produced. Further from the ethnographic homesteads, on the north-western outskirts of the museum's territory, there is the Aristavell Manor House.

The exhibitions present the buildings, work and traditions of peasants and townspeople of the varied ethnographic regions of Lithuania, as they looked at the end of the 18th century and the first half of the 20th century with flower gardens, gardens and gardens, chapels and crosses, technical objects - mills, millet vinegar, forge, oil. Examples of household appliances, crafting, trading, agricultural machinery and ethno-botany are presented inside the buildings. In 51 of these buildings an interior exposition with the equipment characteristic to some particular period is arranged, including furniture, cloths, kitchen articles, working tools. In some buildings the process of some kind of work is demon-strated: 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, and monuments.

The territory of the museum is a very popular place where ethnographic festivals are celebrated and folk song and dance concerts are held. You will have entertainment according to the ancient traditions of Lithuanian Rumsiskes all year round. The guided tours, educational programs, calendar feasts, folk group concerts are being organized in the museum.

  • In February, on a Shrove Tuesday, the festivities see up to 40 thousand people. Participants dressed in the questions of witches and devils travel through the courts demanding gifts, organise various competitions, dance, then burn a symbol Morė in order to chase away the winter, and eat the Shrove Tuesday pancakes.
  • During the Easter everyone, large and small, will colour the eggs: they paint, carve them, or decorate with wax – you will never find so beautiful patterns anywhere else in the world. There are competitions with Easter eggs bring in lots of fun not only to the children but also to their parents.
  • In the shortest night of the year – St. John's – Rumsiskes has bonfires, dancing and merri-ment until the morning.
  • At the end of July the St. Ann’s feast and the end of the rye harvesting is celebrated. The celebrations include baking own fresh rye bread, beating the butter, and then tasting it together.


The Open-Air Museum has expertise in managing cultural heritage exhibitions, educational services and traditional cultural activities. The museum cooperate with many groups of volunteers and voluntary cultural associations, and it has academic expertise in culture surveys, course planning and training, and high competences in managing a variety of pilot projects in the field.

The key person involved will be Justina Jakstaite, culture project manager and Gita Sapranauskaite, curator

Open-Air Museum of Lithuania

L. Lekavičiaus g. 2, LT-56337 Rumšiškės,Kaišiadorių r.,



Tel.:   (+370) 346 47392


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