is an historical ethnographic region of Lithuania which
zealously maintains its distinctive dialect, customs, and traditions. It
is a region with an interesting history and a distinctive culture. It also
stands out among the regions of Lithuania for the great beauty of its
scenery, architecture, museums, and parks.
In the last few years Samogitia has developed a network of museums.
As required by tradition, each of them has its own special theme. One is
devoted to regional
history (Telsiai), another - to art (Plunge),
a third - to ethnography (Skuodas, Kelme, Raseiniai, and
Baubliai), a fourth - to manor house culture
(Kretinga), in yet another the visitor finds himself
in exhibit halls which tell about Lithuanian amber (Palanga).
Many museums are located in the former manor houses of magnates,
which were built in the most beautiful parts of this region, or in parks that
have recently been restored and reorganized, in the old holy places of
Samogitia. Some of these old parks have survived to the present day.
In many of them there are restored old manor houses which attract great
attention from people interested in Lithuanian history and culture.
Such buildings also contain museums devoted to the region of Samogitia - its
history, culture, and art (Kelme, Palanga, Plunge, Kretinga, Rietavas, Renavas
Have a pleasant trip through the museums and parks of Samogitia!