Day Trip from Vilnius: Visiting Rumšiškės
Monday, September 26, 2016
This past weekend we rented a car and spent the day at the Rumsiskes Open Air Museum of Lithuania in Rumsiskes (between Vilnius and Kaunas), LT. Even though the weather was a bit chilly and the clouds got darker and darker as the day progressed, it was an excellent trip that I had been looking forward to for some time.
Rumsiskes is an open-air ethnographic museum featuring homesteads, farms, and a small town center from the five ethnographic regions of Lithuania. Think Old Sturbridge Village or Colonial Williamsburg if you are from the US, but with fewer people (dressed up staff members).
I really liked seeing the different interiors of the houses, barns, and storage houses. Most were sparsely furnished with wooden furniture, handwoven blankets, and intricately decorated chests. The school house from the mid-1900s was particularly interesting.
Based on the reported average time people spend at Rumsiskes (via TripAdvisor), I thought that we'd be able to visit both Rumsiskes and the Ninth Fort of Kaunas. How wrong was I! We spent four hours wandering Rumsiskes at a leisurely pace, but we probably only saw about one half of the entire park. I'd suggest purchasing a map (there is only one posted map (that we saw) in the entire park) at the entrance of the park, so having a map will allow you to easily decide where to go.
Entrance costs 4 Euros per adult (we weren't charged for Baby ISO) and parking in the lot costs 2 Euros for the day.
If you have extra time when visiting Vilnius, I'd suggest visiting the Lithuanian Open Air Museum, especially if you are interested in ethnography.
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