Rumšiškės Museum of Folk Art
If you want to witness the styles of folk art and architecture of all the different regions of Lithuania in one go, visit this delightful open-air museum situated 22km from Kaunas, not far from the Vilnius-Kaunas highway. Perfectly reconstructed farmsteads from each of these four regions, from singing Dzūkija (southern Lithuania), hardworking Suvalkija (southwestern Lithuania), stubborn Žemaitija (western Lithuania) and sociable Aukštaitija (eastern Lithuania), represent the Lithuania of the 19th century.
It’s fascinating to stroll around these recreated life-sized villages in the rolling countryside with all their old farming tools, thatched cottages, reconstructed interiors and horses and carts.
This sprawling museum comes to life at occasions like Easter and Shrovetide, which are celebrated according to each of the regions’ authentic traditions. Apart from just wandering about, you can do some horse riding, ride on a beautifully decorated horse-drawn cart and, if you’re lucky enough to be here during a national folk holiday, treat yourself to some traditional snacks and drinks.