Museum of Ancient Beekeeping, Ignalina

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The Lithuanian Museum of Ancient Beekeeping, established in 1984 near Stripeikiai in northeastern Lithuania, displays the history of beekeeping in the area. The museum, part of Aukštaitija National Park, was founded by the beekeeper Bronius Kazlas.

As of 2006, the museum consisted of six buildings, about 500 displays, and 25 sculptures. In addition to illustrating the history of beekeeping in Lithuania, some of the museum's wooden sculptures themselves contain beehives. The sculptures pay homage to the honeybee's place in worldwide mythology and folklore, including Egyptian and Native American figures as well as the Lithuanian god Babilas and goddess Austėja. They were carved by Teofilis Patiejūnas and Ipolitas Užkurnis.

The displays include glass-sided hives that enable visitors to watch the bees at work, tool collections, and illustrations of the role that bees play in pollination. The wide variety of hives includes many tree trunks, which were used from the 15th century until the beginning of the 20th century.

The Lithuanian Veterinary Academy claims that Lithuanian bees are especially peaceful.
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  • Second best thing of our Lithuania tour. We almost didn't go. Seemed out of the way. But we had time to kill, so we drove. Do not be discourage. Narrow road through the villages. You think you are los...  more »
  • This museum is located in the national park of Aukstaitija. It is very remote and the nearest town (where we stayed) is about 5 or so kilometers away. We got here by bike through the rugged unpaved ro...  more »
  • During recent years outdoors exposition and surroundings were reconstructed and in summer of 2019 museum will open renewed inside exposition. Not only you can learn a lot about beekeeping and its trad...  more »
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  • A beautiful spot to feel like you are part of an ancient Lithuanian tradition. Well done exhibits for kids, and very interesting information for adults. We we're lucky to get a short Q&A with one of the family, but there is an audio tour available and a pretty comprehensive text/booklet in the main building available in several languages look for that.
  • The museum was closed for renovations but they still let us walk around the grounds. Even showed us some active hives and let us taste some pollen. Neat place!!
  • Good, but end of summer, and needs more English translations. Staff very helpful.
  • Its wonderful small place, it has English translations for tourists, art style is one of the most beautiful things I seen, carvings were amazing, it's a small place but it's worth going there for information and atmosphere.
  • Beautiful place with lots of interesting things. Too bad that everything is in Lithuanian and only in a couple of places you can find an English translation.
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