The Household Museum of Skriaudžiai: an exposition of calendars
(an exposition of calendars is temporarily unavailable)
2 Puskunigio St, Skriaudžiai village,
Prienai Distric Manucipality
Wed to Fri between 9.00 to 18.00
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”.