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Samogitian Country Life Museum (read)

Sound background: Telšiai folk ensemble "Insula", leader Milda Ričkutė

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The idea to set up an "open-air" museum featuring the 19th-century old village of Samogitia and its life occurred to the Telsiai museum specialists as early as in the prewar years.

Unfortunately, the war and the postwar disasters disrupted its
implementation for long. In 1963, the Council of Ministers
passed a resolution on the establishment of the Lithuanian
Country Life Museum in Rumsiskes and three regional local
life sections. Work for the creation of the Zemaiciai Country
Life Museum began. In 1967, a plot of 15 ha was allotted on
the southwestern shore of Lake Mastis, and exhibits were
sought out throughout Samogitia. The Zemaiciai Country Life
Museum received the first visitors in 1982. Surrounded by fir
woods, the area contains three farmsteads composed of 16
buildings and a wooden windmill. The authentic late 19th-century houses of rural Samogitia have numerous period household utensils, agricultural implements and furniture on display. Thus, folk festivals and performances held at the museum enjoy an authentic environment. The place is gladly frequented by the townspeople of Telsiai, and tourists are also welcome. '
The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Telephone for inquiry: 8-294 53833, 70001
Address: Parko str. 8a, LT-5610 Telsiai

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