The building in which Veisiejai Region Museum is now established belonged to a Jewish merchant B. Rudo in the past. The house was built after a fire in 1925. B. Rudo established a bakery in the building. Residents of the town remembered for a long time that the bread baked in the bakery was especially tasty. In 1941 the owner of the house was arrested and taken away by Germans. Nobody saw Rudo ever since. Later on Germans imposed their own order here. During the post-war years Veisiejai Executive Committee was established in the building and later it was handed over to a secondary school, which held lessons in it.
On 16 February 1998 Veisiejai Region Museum was established under the efforts of Veisiejai Secondary School teachers and in 2006 it became a branch of Lazdijai Regional Museum.
You can learn about the history of the town itself and its surrounding territories in the museum, as well as the achievements of doctor optician and creator of the international Esperanto language Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof, since it was here that he concluded his work on the Esperanto language in 1885. You can also learn about the biographies and activities of famous locals – organist and composer Juozas Neimanas, and poet Sigitas Geda. A school desk, dating back 6-8 decades and school uniforms can also be seen here, while one can also become acquainted with the development of education in Veisiejai. The museum exhibits a mid-19th century Veisiejai region national costume as well as many material valuables: from a lath to the first mobile phones.
Events. Ethnocultural, historical educational activities, and unconventional lessons are held at the museum. Exhibitions, presentations of exhibitions, literature evenings, and meetings with famous people of Veisiejai region are organised.
The “Varpo Atsiradimas Ir Jo Paskirtis Žmogaus Gyvenime” (“The Coming of the Bell and Its Purpose in Man’s Life”) educational activity is aimed at pupils. They become acquainted with the history and purpose of the bell. Pupils are given a practical task of drawing or moulding a bell.
Participants of the “Dzūkijos Tautinis Kostiumas” (“National Costume of Dzūkija”) become acquainted with national clothing of Lithuanian regions, their differences and similarities, with a particular stress on the uniqueness of the national costume of Dzūkija region. Participants are taught how to tie a national ribbon, a cravat, or a neckerchief. During the creative tasks, participants draw and colour separate parts of the national costume and engage in other practical tasks.
During the “Ant Kiaušinio Lukšto Telpa Visi Lietuvių Liaudies Raštai” (“All National Lithuanian Writings Fit on an Eggshell”) educational activity, the participants are introduced with the story of the coming of the Easter Egg and ways of colouring Easter Eggs. Every participant colours an egg with wax and paints it afterwards.
In the course of the “Kalendorinės Šventės Ir Jų Papročiai” (“Calendar Holidays and Their Customs”) educational activity the participants are introduced with the calendar holidays throughout the year, their customs, charms and prophesies of individual holidays, and engage in a discussion about adhering to such customs nowadays.
“Vaikų Vakarai Žiemą Žibalinės Lempos Laikais” (“Children’s Evenings in the Winter During Oil Lamp Times”) – conversations and discussions are held in order to find out what children would do during long winter evenings: what jobs they would complete, what the forms of entertainment and fun were.
Information for visitors.
Participating in educational programmes and visiting the museum is free of charge.
Educational programme and excursion bookings as well as consultations can be made by using the contact information below:
Phone: +370 318 56535
+370 616 13645