It would be a true sin to be in Kretinga and not to visit the famous Kretinga Museum with the Winter Garden is a real pearl. This is a museum which is really liked by adults but children leave it fascinated. Since you can see and touch ancient work tools in the Watermill; even three documentaries are displayed in the Housekeeper’s House and the exhibition of the manor is arranged so that you can “take part” in Salaspilis battle or see animated historical development of the manor. And, of course, the fascinating Winter Garden: abundance of plants, warm weather, vivid carps, an impressive sturgeon, lovely turtles and funny canaries.
You can also see the Astronomical Calendar with the Sundial which is located near the manor with children. Understanding how our ancestors calculated time is a real challenge. The calendar with the Sundial was erected in Kretinga Manor Park in 2002. The composition covers 0.5 ha area with 13 sculptures symbolising the ancient Baltic cultural traditions, the Lithuanian festivals, important historical dates of Lithuania and Kretinga. There are only several such objects in the Baltic States. It can be said that the composition is unique and only, since it was created as a thesis work.
Another stop on the discovery route is the Bishop M. Valančius Homeland Museum in Nasrėnai village. The 18th century barn has been preserved in the museum. An ethnographic exhibition, namely, the hostess granary, farm maid chamber, utensil chamber, grain chamber, is created in the barn. And those who visit the homestead house can familiarise with the life of M. Valančius. Samogitian texts are read in the museum, the museum has a barn theatre; besides, one of the first (if not the only) sculptures for potatoes in Lithuania can be seen in the museum. Children will really like the sculpture and all family will find the exhibition of the museum interesting.
Another stop is Salantai Regional Park Visitor Centre. It is a great opportunity to learn about natural objects which may be visited in the territory of the regional park. Of course, the Visitor Centre is probably the funniest place for learning about nature. There are a lot of photos, maps and information in the Centre. All this is adapted for children: they can touch and listen. Thus, the Visitor Centre will broaden the horizons and lift the spirits of everyone.
And one of the most unique museums in the open air in Lithuania is in Gargždelė village, near Salantai. It is Orvidas homestead which, from a bird’s eye, reminds of the eye of God; it is called the museum of stone sculptures and is perfect for movie scenes due to its uniqueness and unusual spirit. In the Soviet times, the homestead was established by Vilius Orvidas. At first sight, stones, tree trunks and stumps, ancient objects, a tank lost along the way as a whole look like considerable chaos. However, taking a creative approach, each corder and thing of the homestead has a meaning. Thus, we recommend not to rush, deeply breath fresh air and listen and peer into what the famous Vilius Orvidas wanted to say several decades ago. Meanwhile, children can put themselves in the world of fairytales because this is how the homestead created by V. Orvidas looks to them.