Lėbartai Living History Museum
Area: 46 500 m²
Location: Klaipėda, Lithuania
Team: Andrė Baldišiūtė, Gilma Teodora Gylytė, Džiugas Karalius, Ignas Uogintas
An unusual and passionate client inspires a truly unique project in the Curonian hinterland. The proposal for the Living History Museum makes the most of its forest location, incorporating natural slopes, hills and clearings.
An information centre and observation tower greet visitors in the arrival area of the museum. From here they proceed deep into the forest where, beneath a wooded hill, a mysterious cave reveals the atmosphere of a Curonian shelter. This is the central part of the museum, a space that connects all of the other exhibits. There are several entrances into the shelter, each leading to different parts of the museum’s exhibits in the forest.
The main exposition is designed along two looping paths, each with a distinct theme. The Holy Curonian path leads visitors through the sacral exhibits – the tomb, the temple and the sacred tree. The second path explores Curonian folk life through exhibits of old fortifications, traditional homes and a place of punishment.
The space between the exhibits is designed with facilities for resting, enjoying the natural surroundings and educational activities for children. Visitors catch small glimpses of the exhibits, obscured by thick forests, through the openings in central shelter. These tempting flashes beckon them to follow the paths and immerse themselves in the rich local Curonian history.