Museums

THE FIRST MUSEUM OF THE NESTING BOXES

The Lithuanian Ornithological Society together with a businessman Mr. Ramūnas Karbauskis, who is a patron of this iniciative, have arranged the first museum of the nest-boxes in the country. More than one hundred different nest-boxes were placed in the afforested areas of the Naisiai settlement with a hope to get more than ten breeding bird species. Some of the nest-boxes are for the exposition only, because there is very law probability that forest species will start breed in the urban territory. However, they are for the cognitive purpose.

Contact details:
Address: Naisiai Villlage., Siauliai District.
Mob. Tel.: +370 611 33 333
E-mail: irma.lukosiute@gmail.com

Visitor information
Opening hours:
I – VII 9:00 a.m. – 17:00 p.m.


GINKŪNAI SCHOOL MUSEUM

The School Museum was founded in 1985 by the teacher Aldona Kantauskienė. The exposition contained the material amassed since 1961 about the school founders and first teachers as well as teaching aids.

Virginijus Jokšas, who worked as teacher from 1985 till 1988, wrote a four-volume History of Ginkūnai Village and described ancient crafts of Ginkūnai dwellers.

Since 1992, the Museum has been run by the history teacher Alina Šivickaitė. The Museum underwent renovation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the school: cases were replaced, new furniture was bought, and the ethnographic department was set up.

The exhibits of the Museum number 1000, 700 of which are stored in the main fund and 300 are stocked in the auxiliary fund. The most valuable exhibits are old textbooks, school leaving certificates, and the exhibits which, supposedly, belonged to the Zubovs, founders of the school: an iron with the initials N. Z., milk and beer bottles, tiles manufactured in Alexandrian tile stove, and a kettle.

The Museum organises various exhibitions such as expositions of pens, coins, books, angels, bells, etc. Meetings with folk artists, collectors, and ex-students are held.

The Museum was visited by Šiauliai Bishop E. Bartulis, the members of the Seimas R. Karbauskis and R. Baškienė as well as students and teachers from other schools.

Contact Details:

Address: Aušros St. 2, Ginkūnai Village, Šiauliai District

Tel.: +370 41 589270; +370 616 43908. E-mail: alinasivic@gmail.com

Head of the Museum: Alina Šivickaitė

Visitor Information

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 15:00.

The Museum can be visited on weekends and holidays by making prior arrangements by telephone.


ABOUT KURŠĖNAI STASYS ANGLICKIS BASIC SCHOOL MUSEUM

Stasys Anglickis Museum consists of three rooms: the memorial room of the poet and teacher Stasys Anglickis, the ethnographic room, and the school history room. The Museum was founded in the autumn of 2005 to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Stasys Anglickis. The teachers Birutė Šufinskienė, Danutė Pašakinskienė, Dalia Staniulienė, Birute Juknienė, and Vitalija Putnikienė have been working in the Museum since its inception. Teachers are assisted by student clubs.

The room of Stasys Anglickis exhibits the poet and teacher’s personal belongings. They were sincerely donated by the poet’s daughter Jolanta Anglickaitė-Šleževičienė. The Museum contains pieces of furniture, books, typewriters, the wife’s jewellery, dishes and many other household and personal items. There are plenty of different photos, awards, films, and other exhibits, among which there is a medal awarded to Stasys Anglickis by the ex-president A.M. Brazauskas. You must pay a visit to the Museum to scent the true value of the said award. Furthermore, you can also learn the secret of a hundred-year honey and get acquainted with the books published by the poet and those which he used to read and compile in his library.

If you have never seen a book printed in 1937, if you want to gain sight of a manuscript or a small sea or if you are interested in the poet’s life and creative work, drop in at the Museum. Better to see once than hear a hundred times.

The material collected in this room reflects the history of the school. Here you can find not only pictures of the school life but also athlete awards and congratulations letters of the former students who later became famous people. The traditions of the school are reflected in photographs and exhibits. Here you can learn about the projects implemented in the school, find pictures of your classmates, read the school chronicles, and learn about today’s life at school.

From ancient times, men of the people made household items themselves, shaping and painting them to taste. Using their own hands and native materials, they outfitted themselves with everything they needed in their everyday life. Today, all this constitutes a precious legacy of our parents and ancestors. The goal of our generation is to collect and prevent from decay the treasures of folk art that have passed out of common use.

The ethnographic room of our school has set itself the given task too. The core of the collection exhibited in the room-museum consists of items donated by the founders. There are over one hundred of them at the moment. Here you can see tools needed for flax processing, spinning, weaving, and rope twinning. Let you be captivated by patterned bedspreads and towels stowed in an old dower chest. You can find quite a few blacksmith tools and everything needed to bake bread or beat butter. You can take a nap in a wood bed stuffed with straw or sway an antique cradle.

Have you any idea of how people used to carry water in the past? Or how they brought light in to a dark threshing barn where imps disported themselves at midnight? You may find out many interesting things in the ethnographic room of the Museum.

Contact Details:

Kuršėnai Stasys Anglickis Basic School (Šiauliai District)

Kapų St. 9, Kuršėnai, Šiauliai District

Tel./Fax: (8 41) 581636, mob. 862091324

E-mail: anglickio.pm@gmail.com


CENTRE OF ETHNIC CULTURE AND TRADITIONAL CRAFTS OF ŠIAULIAI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

The Centre of Ethnic Culture and Traditional Crafts of Šiauliai District Municipality is located in Kuršėnai Manor House.

The history of Kuršėnai Manor begins in 1564 when Sigismund Augustus gave the said manor as a fief (a piece of land given to vassals by the Grand Duke in exchange for service) to George Despot-Zenovich, the Castellan of Polotsk. Soon, a settlement began to grow in the manor lands on the other side of the Venta, and in 1569 the first wooden church was erected. In 1621, the estate went to S. Pac, the Grand Treasurer of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and a decade later the manor became the property of George Gruzewski and his wife. Acknowledging his substantial merits in the wars with the Russians and Swedes in Livonia, King Sigismund Vasa signed a letter on 15 May 1631 whereby declared that the eternal fief right of ruling Kuršėnai Manor was granted to the Gruzewski family. The Gruzewski were descended from the Mazury region, almost all of them professed evangelical beliefs and made repeated forcible attempts to gain over local Catholics. In the late 18th century, Kuršėnai were inherited by Stephen Gruzewski. Having brought in the artist J. Rilke with the apprentice team, he built a new manor house and a chapel and renovated other buildings in 1811. The estate flourished still further under ruling of his younger son Edward who took it over in 1846. The mansion and the park were devastated by the Germans who occupied the manor during the First World War and brought away the most valuable things. The fire of 1915 destroyed the peasant farms, barns, and sheds. The manor belonged to George Gruzewski at that time. After the land reform, the manor had only 218.7 ha of land however the estate was flourishing due to advanced farming. In 1940, the manor was nationalized and G. Gruzewski was committed to prison. He re-emerged in Kuršėnai at the beginning of the war and tried to regain the manor. The Germans were displeased by that and brought him away somewhere. His subsequent fate is unknown. Gruzewski’s wife lived and passed away in Ketūnai Manor.

On 20 December 2000, Kuršėnai Folk Art and Crafts Centre, a branch of Šiauliai District Municipality Culture Centre, opened its doors in Kuršėnai Manor. In 2006, a budgetary institution the Centre of Ethnic Culture and Traditional Crafts of Šiauliai District Municipality was founded there. The main task of the Centre is preservation, revival, and succession of local traditions, customs, and traditional crafts. Nowadays, Šiauliai regional permanent folk art expositions and ethnographic displays are organised in the manor house. Over 2,500 exhibits donated by folk artists and Kuršėnai dwellers are presented in the expositions. The fifth King of Potters Vytautas Valiušis made the Centre a present of 200 old pots. There you can get acquainted with crafts from ancient times to the present day. The exposition is especially abundant in pottery accordingly Kuršėnai has long been known as the Capital of Potters. The republican elections of the King of Potters are conducted by the Centre of Ethnic Culture and Traditional Crafts in Kuršėnai every three years. Six Kings of Potters had already been elected. In 2008, Regina Mataitienė from Gruzdžiai (Šiauliai District) became the first woman to have won the elections and become the Queen of Potters. The ethnographic exhibition introduces Lithuanian domestic life, tools and implements used in various crafts. During excursion you can take a walk in wooden clogs, grind flour or try and “throw” a pot. The guide shall introduce handicrafts, narrate the history of the manor, or invite for a walk around the old manor park.

The Centre of Ethnic Culture and Traditional Crafts of Šiauliai District Municipality can suggest an educational ceramics class to order, in which folk artists shall teach visitors to make earthenware pottery which can then be taken home as souvenirs.

The Centre of Ethnic Culture and Traditional Crafts of Šiauliai District Municipality associates 73 folk artists from Šiauliai District, holds annual solo folk art exhibitions at the district Culture Centre and in the district villages. Works of folk artists are presented in the republican exhibitions “Wreath of Gold”. The Centre of Ethnic Culture and Traditional Crafts organises republican creative camps and conferences for ceramicists and wood carvers. Projects are successfully forwarded to a variety of funds while performing activities. Each year, the staff of the Centre of Ethnic Culture and Traditional Crafts and folk artists go to Puńsk (Poland) to attend the Assumption celebration, organise exhibitions, and demonstrate ancient crafts. The District Folk Art Exhibition 2008 was presented in the Exhibition Gallery of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.

Opening hours of the Centre of Ethnic Culture and Traditional Crafts of Šiauliai District Municipality: Monday to Friday 08:00 - 17:00.

Excursions and paid ceramics classes can be ordered in advance by phone: 841 583422, 869 808217.


BALTIC GODS MUSEUM

Baltic Gods trail – is a story about Gods and Goddesses, who for centuries have been integral to our work, holidays and customs. On the basis of written XIII-XVIII centuries. sources, folklore, universal Lithuanian, Latvian and Prussian mythological research, cognitive path-makers for the first time such a detailed talk about the gods of heaven and earth, forest, water and fire deities, human happiness, family welfare, home care. An integral part of this story – Sun Square with solar clock, calendar and holidays around the daily cycle of the old time titles of the Holy Fire Square to stoke the fire, and Alka hill on the basis of archaeological and historical data restored sacred place in the open air. Baltic Gods know the trail offers Baltic culture, to promote it‘s values and transmit to future generations.

Contact details

Address: Naisiai Villlage., Siauliai District.
Mob. Tel.: +370 611 33 333
E-mail: irma.lukosiute@gmail.com

Visitor information

Opening hours:
I – VII 9:00 a.m. – 17:00 p.m.


OTHER MUSEUMS

  • R. & V. Mataičiai Black Ceramics Workshops: Jaunimo St. 17, Gruzdžiai. Open every day; available at any time convenient to visitors; tel.: 8 41 372357
  • Kuršėnai Calendar Museum: Ventos St. 11a, Kuršėnai. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 14:00 - 18:00; tel.: 8 686 66008, 8 41 508050
     
  • B. & B. Radeckai Ceramics Museum: Alėjos St. 9, Kuršėnai. Open every day; available at any time convenient to visitors; Tel.: +370 41 581739
  • Šiauliai District Literature Museum: Naisiai Village. Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 18:00; tel.: +370 41 386043, e-mail: gelesmuz@takas.lt
  • Gruzdžiai Gymnasium Museum of Regional Studies: S. Dariaus ir S. Girėno St. 31, Gruzdžiai, Šiauliai District; Tel. +370 41 372251.
 
 
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