The only beekeeping museum in Lithuania is protected by sculptures of pagan gods and invites you to get acquainted with the secrets of beekeeping. It is fun to take a walk, taste honey or relax in the hammocks on the museum grounds. Indoor interactive exhibits invite you to visit the beekeeper's house, workshop and even the hive itself.
The Beekeeping Museum is located in the north-western part of Aukštaitija National Park, on the edge of the Thought Forest, in the oldest village of the park, Stripeikiai, which was first mentioned in the Livonian Chronicles in 1357. Its homestead and open-air museum exposition are located on two picturesque hills separated by the flowing Tauragna stream, fed from the deepest lake Tauragnas in Lithuania. On the hillside, where the ancient horizontal and steep stump hives are located, you will be greeted by a sculpture of the Lithuanian bee god Babil. In the ancient cottage, visitors get acquainted with the history of beekeeping of the Lithuanian nation, how Drevininkai protected bees from bears, which were common beasts in the Thought Forest at that time. In the ancient barn there are exhibitions of local artists, in the third, former farm building the works of beekeepers and carpenters, their tools and ancient honeycombs are exhibited. After visiting the exhibits, descending to the stream, where there are gazebos, you can enjoy the honey brought by bees, and wash the sweat of summer under the waterfall.
Across the Tauragna stream, it is useful to visit the barn of the bee goddess Austėja, inspired by the aroma of summer herbs visited by bees. At the barn is an ancient Lithuanian altar, on which a sacred fire is lit in honor of the goddess Gabija during the museum holidays. Here you can also admire the magnificent four oak sculptures depicting the myths of four nations, including Lithuanians. They tell visitors about the spiritual experience of mankind, the origins of beekeepers, bees, nectar plants. On the second hill, on the second hill, there are fun offers for families - invitations to swing with winged swings, bee honeycomb-shaped sandboxes, nature therapy in hammocks under the lime trees, friendly conversations in the gazebos.
The Beekeeping Museum opens its doors from 3 May. until September 30. Opening hours Tuesday to Sunday (inclusive), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During the winter season, only groups can be accepted if they have booked a tour of the museum in advance.
Excursion, with the service of a tour guide (in Lithuanian, Russian, English) is ordered no later than 3-4 days in advance.
Visit to the Beekeeping Museum:
Adults: 1 person - 4 Eur.
Pupils, students, disabled people, pensioners: 1 person - 2 Eur
Family ticket (family ticket can be purchased by a group of 3-6 people, consisting of one to two adults) and at least one child under 18: 10 Eur.
For preschool children: free
Tour guide services at the Beekeeping Museum:
for a group of up to 10 people: 20 Eur.
per person (when the group is more than 10 people): 2 Eur.
Audio guide rental: for 1 person - 3 Eur.
Educations are ordered in advance.