13 F. Martišiaus St, Prienai
+370 319 60379 (the administration of the museum)
Mon to Thu between 8.00 to 17.00
Friday between 8.00 to 15.45
Sat between 10.00 to 16.00
Days off: Sun
Lunch break: 12.00–12.45
If you wish to visit the museum at any other time, call +370 319 60379.
In the exposition of ethnography and folk art, you will find the most valuable
ethnographic and folk-art exhibits.
“It is true to say that in days of yore the aesthetic external world of a people would manifest itself in the form of fabric and song” (P. Galaunė). We fervently hope that this exposition of ethnography and folk art will help you live out the true meaning of this quote.
- The largest and most authentic part of the museum’s exposition of folk art is comprised of fabrics. The museum displays works by Bronė Urlikienė, Elvyra Pempytė, Ona Dabrišienė and other weavers who have upheld old weaving traditions.
- In the heart of the exposition, there is a guest room, whose style is typical of houses in Suvalkija and which has an authentic and appropriately adjusted interior, namely wooden trim, decoration and furniture. The exposition is enlivened by two pairs of manikins, dressed in national costumes and authentic ethnographic clothes of Dzūkija and Sūduva regions.
- In the exposition, you will find domestic utensils, household items, tools for crafts and other instruments having traces of how locals used to celebrate family events, enjoy themselves and spend their free time.
Prienai region of present days is a certain exceptional area in terms of the history of post-war battles. This is the territory where the borders of three partisan districts, namely Tauras, Dainava and Didžioji kova, met. This exposition of a partisan life is a humble means of remembering and paying homage to those whose patriotism and blood protected Lithuania.
“As if you felt the smell of blood, you sense the attacked animal’s fear and willingness to defend itself. You’re gingerly stepping on a place where a wounded soldier might have been lying. You look around – isn’t anyone lurking for you to shoot you?” (A. Antanavičius).
- The exposition presents the most significant events from the struggles for freedom in our country and their participants. The exposition is like a bunker where you can feel the conditions of a partisan life.
- As the museum comprises a lot of material about the struggles of freedom and their participants, all the information and exhibits, including the exceptionally huge amount of photos, are digitised and uploaded onto the terminal in the exposition so that visitors to the museum could find the information that interests them. This information is grouped and, therefore, available to any visitor.
The oeuvre of Justinas Marcinkevičius is presented in an interactive exhibition.
- A specially designed programme analyses the poet’s oeuvre, revealing words that were most often used by the poet and presenting works where these words are used.
- You can listen to or review a large part of the poems. In addition, you can listen to works that have become songs and watch films about the writer.
- In a specially designed section, with the help of 3D, visitors can get acquainted with playbills from various plays.
In the history of the building (Cloakroom) exposition, you will get to know the personalities of the house, which now houses the museum, owners Cezaras and Ana Pšemeneckiai.
Here you can listen to the memories of the medical staff, who previously worked in this building, and the students of Pšemeneckis, you can also participate in the quiz and sit in the dentist’s chair that was used in those times.
In the exposition of priest Juozas Zdebskis you will get to know one of the most famous personality of the priest Juozas Zdebskis, who was 20th century post-war dissident and fighter for the rights of believers. The story of the dissident activity of priest Juozas Zdebskis will allow you to experience what was the Soviet system of those times, the activities of KGB agents. Here you will find J.Zdebskis’ memorial items, clothes, letters.
- While wearing this jacket, J. Zdebskis died in a car accident. Jacket was cut by people, shared as a relic.
- In order to pray, J. Zdebskis carved out the Rosary station on the wheel.
- Fragment marked by J. Zdebskis.
Here you can listen to the memories of Archbishop S. Tamkevičius, participate in the quiz, listen to recordings of retreats by J. Zdebskis.