Kaunas

Povilas Stulga Folk Music Instruments Museum

  L. Zamenhofo 12      (+370) 37 42 22 95     18 Apr 2018

A positively charming museum made even more appealing by the smiling and helpful ladies who look after it. It's spread over a complex of beautifully restored buildings, one of which is a Gothic-era residence built in the second half of the 16th century. There are more than 7000 exhibits in all, and among the countless fine examples of musical instruments are horns wrapped in bark, flutes fashioned from birds’ feathers, accordions, zithers and harmoniums, with our favourite perhaps the stalo boselis dating from 1963: a unique three-stringed bass instrument made from a table and a pig's bladder. As you enter each room a recording of the instruments on display is played to add to the effect, as well as photos and letters and other documentation, plus there’s a helpful amount of information in English. Named after the Lithuanian musician and ethnomusicologist Povilas Stulga, the museum is a must for anyone with even just a small interest in music and folk culture. It's also worth noting that the museum's library is a superb resource centre for further study.

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City centre location

Open

Open 10:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00. Closed Mon, Sun.

Price/Additional Info

Admission €1.80/1.20.

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