6 S. Daukanto St, LT-5633 Varniai,
Web Site: http://www.varniai-museum.lt
11 am - 5 pm
Sundays and evenings preceding federal holidays the Museum closes one hour
Closed on federal holidays.
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.