Lake Fishery Museum

Lake Fishery Museum

Fishing museum is located in Mindunai, part of Moletai district most abundant in lakes. The museum is to the east of Moletai, 10th kilometer of Moletai-Ignalina road.

In late autumn of 1988 school fishing museum was opened in a farm building in Mindunai school yard. Historian Virginija Mackoniene set up the museum. Later Fishing museum bace Museum of Moletai Region subdivision. At the exposition in the museum various fishing equipment can be seen. People from the eastern part of Lithuania used them at the end of 19th century. One can also get acquainted with archaic fishing and how this trade changed over time.

Exposition is placed in restored 19th century fisherman’s cottage and barn. Oldest exhibit is impressive XVth century skiff 4 meters long. Museum holds eel catching devices, ancient nets, automatic fishing rods and other. Linen and hemp, the main material for weaving nets, are present at the exhibit as well.

Museum consists of several more farm buildings: fisherman’s room, storeroom, smokehouse for fish. Yard is surrounded by interwoven fence, flower garden, old boats. Folk sculptor Stasys Karanauskas erected three roofed pillars at the end of 20th century. They are dedicated to crayfishing, fishing and nature of Moletai region. A pond is close by and it is full of fish. Baltieji Lakajai lake is a walking distance from the museum. Siesartis is close by as well as Juodieji Lakajai. Ice fishing festivities are being organized every year at the end of February.

An exhibition of various stuffed animals and furs has been set in fishing museum. Antanas Truskauskas collection of animals is from five continents. 120 different stuffed beasts and birds. It's only a third of what he has donated to the museum. All of these animals were captured by Truskauskas himself. His collection of hunted down animals and birds is the biggest in Lithuania.

Muziejaus g. 7, Mindūnai, Molėtų r. (55.231880, 25.562756) (View map)
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