History Museum of Lithuania Minor


This creaky-floored little museum traces the origins of ‘Lithuania Minor’ (Kleinlitauen), as this coastal region was known during its several centuries as part of East Prussia. It exhibits Prussian maps, coins and artefacts of the Teutonic Order. Most attractive are the wooden furnishings, displays of folk art and traditional weaving machines.

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