Rumšiškės is a small town of about 1600 people 20 km east of Kaunas.
Much of it was submerged under a lake – but not before they pulled down and relocated the 18c church of St Michael the Archangel.
The outdoor museum is the biggest ethnographic museum in Europe covering 190 hectares. It’s very similar to the one outside Kiev in Ukraine.
There are the old houses and other things you would have seen in the villages across the different regions many years ago from the 18 c to the mid-20c.
This was big in Lithuania in the mid 19c. The initiative was started by Pope Pius IX and spread from Poland to Lithuania where over a million people in Kaunas and Vilnius joined the societies. Tax revenue from sales of alcohol dropped markedly – by 9 times in Kaunas – and the Russian Empire considered this a hostile act and after tax reforms banned the societies in 1863.
This was another really interesting visit.