Forest Echo museum


The idea to promote culture, forestry and ecology was born amongst the Druskininkai forestry experts. The young energetic forester Mr. Valavičius and the greatly experienced Mr. Stankevičius were ruminating about a place, where one could demonstrate the beautiful products of forestry activities. So they picked grain after grain until they accumulated a granary of forestry culture.
No sooner said than done. In 1970 the Minister for Forestry Mr. Matulionis ratified the project, assigned funds and on the initiative of Mr. Valavičius the museum of forestry "Girios aidas" began its activity. In the halls named "Ąžuolas" (Oak), "Beržas" (Birch), "Eglė" (Fir-tree) and "Pušis" (Pine-tree) there were expositions of wooden artistic objects. Later compositions "Forest Birds", "Forest Animals" and others were added. The museum founded a library. Visitors grew fond of the museum in the health-resort of Druskininkai; the number of foreign guests was growing steadily. Unfortunately in 1992 ill-fated fire laid the beautiful product of human work in ashes. Thanks to great efforts the museum was rebuilt in 1993 and became three and a half times larger than before.
The activities of the museum became more diverse. It now hosts expositions of products of wood carving artisans from all over Lithuania. It organizes open-air activities for folk artists of the region of Dzūkija, as well as art workshops. Workshops and education of "young friends of forest" are held. Conferences and seminars for scientists are organized.
In the winter of 2003/2004 the main museum building underwent a reconstruction and the founder of the organization was changed. The Museum of Lithuanian Forestry Association becomes the "Education and Information Center" of the Druskininkai Forest Company.



State enterprise 

Druskininkų miškų urėdija

M.K. Čiurlionio str. 96,

LT-66151 Druskininkai

Tel.: +370 313 52425

Fax.:+370 313 53310

e-mail: info@dmu.lt



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