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Samogitian Diocese Museum


6 S. Daukanto St, LT-5633 Varniai, Telsiai Region.
Tel./fax +370-444-47455.
E-mail: ai@varniai-museum.lt 
Web Site: http://www.varniai-museum.lt 

Opening hours
11 am - 5 pm
Sundays and evenings preceding federal holidays the Museum closes one hour early.
Closed on federal holidays.

The Samogitian Diocese Museum (widely)
The Samogitian Diocese Museum is a state financed public cultural institution. Its founders are the Telsiai diocese and the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. The institution's main goals are to preserve, collect, and safeguard, restore, analyze, and propagate artistic, cultural, and historical values. With these goals in mind, the Museum initiates projects related to the protection of the cultural heritage, and seeks to include the Lithuanian public in their implementation.
This museum was established in the former Samogitian Theological Seminary, founded in 1770. When the czarist administration closed the University of Vilnius in the 19th century, the Samogitian Theological Seminary, and the Medical Faculty in Vilnius were the only institutions of higher education left in Lithuania. Many of those who took part in the uprisings of 1831 and 1863, as well as various important figures in the development of a Lithuanian cultural and national consciousness worked and studied in Varniai. The Samogitian Diocese Museum is currently being re-developed with the aid of the experience of museums in Western Europe.