Kretinga Museum attracts namely by such coherence between antiquity and modernity. Be prepared to spend at least several hours in it; time will fly. Kretinga Museum is more than Tiškevičius Manor and the Winter Garden. You should really buy tickets and visit the Watermill and the Housekeeper’s House which are nearby. You will see more than one exhibition in the manor complex. There are objects which can be touched, movies which are interesting and modern technologies which transfer to the past as if with a time machine in the museum. Not to mention the Handicraft Centre; you can order bread baking, weaving, herb lessons and other educations in it. They capture not only attention of children but also attention of adults. And if you think that you have learned everything in the manor, think again.
There is also Tiškevičius Chapel-Mausoleum in Kretinga. This object in the old cemetery of the town catches eye not only by its elegant architecture but also by its mystery. Sarcophagi of Tiškevičius family were found in the chapel which today is already restored only in 2014. During the Soviet times, the sarcophagi bricked up in the chapel before the Second World War were robbed. However, the thieves did not take everything; thus, you may examine not only sarcophagi but also paintings of shrouds, read about the people buried in sarcophagi. If you ascend from the mausoleum to the chapel, you can feel the spirit of Tiškevičius family, can climb the choir balcony made at the times of the counts and if you invite a local guide, you can hear even more interesting stories.
Saint Anthony Palace built during the period between the two world wars on the initiative of the Franciscan monasteries distinguish by its white architecture. By virtue of the same monks, during the period between the two world wars, the Franciscan Gymnasium was built; emigrants of Lithuania generously donated funds for its construction. Saint Anthony Palace, i.e. modern shelter home for the nationals of Lithuania of respectable age returning from foreign countries, was built as an expression of gratitude to them. During the period between the two world wars, the shelter was the largest and most modern shelter in the country. When Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet army, the headquarters of the NKVD was established, people were detained by the Soviet soldiers and the Nazis in the building. Inscriptions of people who were imprisoned survived in the cellars of the palace. They may be examined and more information may be received if you visit the palace with a guide. You may also visit the crypts of the church which is nearby, visit the ensemble of the church and the monastery with a guide.
Another special museum waiting for visitors is the Bishop Motiejus 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.
Nasrėnai is not far away from Salantai. Here you must visit Salantai Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Salantai Town Park or, in other words, Salantai Manor Park. Only cellars of the manor palace has survived but the park created in the 19th century looks charming. Romantic people will be attracted by the meandering paths and benches in the shadows of trees and the lovers of nature may thrill of wonder. Since the thickest chestnut in Lithuania grows in the park. The girth of the tree is almost 5 metres. Those who visit the park on bright summer evenings will see bats diving in the air. The manor park is their home.
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 corner 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 V. Orvidas wanted to say several decades ago.
To continue acquaintance with museums and architectural monuments, you should go from Salantai towards Grūšlaukė and turn to Darbėnai. It looks like Lazdininkai mill which is near the town is waiting for good wind. The mill built near Vilnius was brought to Kretinga district at the beginning of the 20th century. During the period between the two world wars, the mill costed as much as 400 cows. J. Končius who purchased it earned money in coal mines in the USA. The mill which looks like an ordinary mill, i.e. 14.5 m height, 11.5 m width, has a lightning conductor, some time ago ground grain. Please note than when the mill operated, it was technically smart. Its cap would turn to the side from which the wind was blowing. Such mills were rare in Lithuania.
At the end of the route there is Dimitravas Manor which has no sign-board of the museum but is worth such title, forced labour camp. The remains of the stone building, i.e. walls, empty windows, grilled windows, stand gloomy in small Dimitravas village. During the period of 1937–1944, the remains which earlier were the manor buildings were operated as a branch of Kaunas Prison-forced labour camp. The people imprisoned here were forced to collect stones in the surrounding areas and deliver them to the quarry established in the former farm-hand building of the manor. The prison was used and people were tortured there by the Nazis. During the Soviet times, there was a museum in the building of Dimitravas Manor and its exhibits told about horrible pre-war and war events. Later on, the exhibition was transferred to Kretinga Museum but the building reminding of the horrible period can be still visited in Dimitravas.