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The museum was established in the Liubavas Manor in 2011, on the initiative of sculptor and researcher of this manor Gintaras Karosas.
Situated near Vilnius, Liubavas (Lubow) is one of the oldest estates in Lithuania, one that sits at a picturesque location near the River Gerėja, presently known as Žalesa. The ponds of Liubavas were thoroughly described in the treasury book of the Lithuanian ruler Sigismund Augustus back in 1546. The Liubavas estate has gone through great changes over centuries, its territory stretching all the way to Lake Siesartis at one point, and the whole place enduring significant ordeals in the Soviet times.
It is a museum of history, cultural and industrial heritage, aiming at exploring the Liubavas Manor and restoring structures of the manor in a high quality manner, adapting them to cultural and public needs and installing museum exhibitions.
This monument of technological heritage tells the story of the manor and exhibits the authentic fixtures of the mill.
Visiting the Liubavas Manor Watermill Museum is a unique opportunity to get familiar with the most important object of traditional industrial heritage in our country. The watermill, which produces flour for bread, has been the foundation of human existence for centuries. The Liubavas Manor has the only mill in Lithuania with fully (100%) restored technological equipment and a dozen of technological processes which have been examined and are now available for demonstration: from the processing of grain, wood and metal to fulling and power generation. Even a hundred-year-old water turbine has been brought to life!
All visitors are brought back to the time when the watermill was built. The building itself is unique. It is an example of virtuosic stone building, where stones are bricked in such a way that you cannot see the binders between large stones! You can also learn about the extraordinary half a century history of the manor and its owners that played an important role in Lithuania: the Goštautai (Gastoldowie), the Royal Family, Mikalojus Radvila Rudasis the Red (Mikołaj Radziwiłł Rudy), the Golejevskiai (Golejewski), the Krišpinai Kiršenšteinai (Kryszpin Kirszensztein), the Tiškevičiai (Tyszkiewicz), the Tyzenhauzai (Tyzenhaus) and the Slizieniai (Slizień, Ślizień).
The Project of Restoration of Liubavas Manor Watermill and its Adaptation to Cultural and Public Needs is being implemented by Public Institution Europos Parkas. This project is supported by a grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism and co-financed by the Republic of Lithuania.
Liubavas Manor Watermill Museum has been awarded the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award as an excellent example of a fine and sophisticated restoration.
President of Lithuania has visited the museum on the occasion of the National Award Ceremony celebrating Liubavas Manor Watermill Museum becoming a winner of European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award