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Samogitian Village Museum

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The Samogitian Village Museum is a subdivision of the Samogitian Museum "Alka", which was established in the 1960s in the south-western part of the shore of Lake Mascis, on an area of 8.5 ha.

In June 1967, the first exhibit - a bathhouse from the Tryškiai area - was transferred to the Museum of Samogitian Village. The Museum of Samogitian Village opened its doors to visitors in 1982.

The museum has 16 buildings, comprising three farmhouses and a public sector. They reflect the late 19th and early 20th century. The buildings, which date from the 19th century to the 19th century, represent the rural landscape of Samogitia.

The richest in number of buildings is the homestead of a large farmer. It has: a dwelling house, a barn, a piggery, a barn, a shed, a barn, a bullfry, a jardiniere and a bathhouse. The average peasant has a dwelling house, a barn, an ox-house and a stable. The homestead of a small farmer has a hut and a barn.

All the buildings are equipped with exhibitions, displaying authentic furniture, tools, household utensils, crockery, crosses and paintings.

The so-called public sector of the museum consists of a forge, a cemetery and a mill, which is 12 metres high and 8 metres long. In good weather, the mill could grind 200 kg of grain per hour. The structure was built in 1924 in the village of Nerimdaičiai (Telšiai district), moved to the museum in 1970, and the broken wings of the mill were restored in 2020.

The Samogitian Village Museum was renovated in 2012, with the reconstruction of all buildings, fencing, new crosses and chapels. The museum welcomes visitors and organises various events: outing services, folklore festivals, laying theatre. Educational classes are held by museum staff, a weaving loom is set up in the farmhouse of an average peasant, and you can learn to weave. An educational classroom in the administrative building teaches toy-making, wool spinning, embroidery, sewing and other handicrafts. The facility is accessible to people with reduced mobility.

The Samogitian Village Museum is home to a collection of more than 25 different types of peonies, a variety of herbs, an authentic farmer's garden with Lithuanian vegetables, and horses, sheep, goats and rabbits.