The Household Museum of Skriaudžiai: an exposition of calendars

(an exposition of calendars is temporarily unavailable)

 

Contacts

 

Vieta

2 Puskunigio St, Skriaudžiai village,

Veiveriai Parish,

Prienai Distric Manucipality
skriaudziumuziejus@prienumuziejus.lt

Business hours

 

Working days:

Mon to Thu, between 8:00 to 17:00

Fri, between 8:00 to 15:45

Lunch break: 12:00-12:45

 

Days off: Sat, Sun

 

 

If you wish to visit the museum at any other time, call +370 614 70958

 

The exposition is held in four buildings, namely a female granary, a forge, a barn and a smoke shack, which all belong to a single ensemble.

 

 

The museum preserves a collection of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth-century household items, bedding, fabrics and  blacksmith, kitchen and farm tools which were mainly used by Lithuanians from Suvalkija region.

 

 

To enter the exposition of calendars you have to pay the so-called “fee of one calendar”, which is why the collection is often supplemented by visitors to the museum.

 

 

 

The establishment of the museum

The household museum of Skriaudžiai was established in the early spring of 1967, when the house of culture in Kupriai staged an art exhibition of works by the painter Boleslovas Motuza from Vilnius. It was this event when women from surrounding villages brought more than 100 handicrafts of their own, including gloves, bedspreads, tablecloths, mats and other exciting things. The exhibits were greatly appreciated by the painters who came to the exposition and encouraged Steponas Jarošas, director of the house of culture in Kupriai, to establish an ethnographic museum by the house of culture. Soon enough, several thousands of exhibits were collected. To display these exhibits, a smoke dwelling house, whose style is typical of houses in Suvalkija, was built. Afterwards, a forge and a female granary were built.

Transfer of the museum to Skriaudžiai

 

In 1987, the buildings of the museum were transported to Skriaudžiai and found place near the homestead of Pranas Puskunigis, founder of the Skriaudžiai kanklės (a traditional Lithuanian string musical instrument) ensemble. The exposition in these buildings and the ethnographic part were combined and called the “homestead-museum of Suvalkija”.

The first exposition of a collection of calendars was held on 15 June 1997 in a space of 30 sq. metres in the attic of the house of culture in Skriaudžiai. The current collection is displayed in 6 rooms.

The most interesting and unique calendars were created by Konstantinas Mesaksudi, a Kaunas resident of Greek origin who was born in 1908. One of his calendars can be used for 400 years (from the 18th to the 21st century).