Lithuanian attractions

Museums in Vilnius

Gediminas Castle & Museum (Gedimino Pilis ir Muziejus)
Dating from the 13th century the castle was rebuilt in 1419 by Grand Duke Vytautas following the great fire of Vilnius. In 1610 it was used as a prison for the ruling classes. During the 1655-1661 Russian occupation the towers and defensive walls were almost completely destroyed.
Inside the tower itself find models of the castle as it was in the 14th and 18th centuries plus other miscellaneous bits and pieces concerned with the building’s history and knights in dented armour. The view on a good day is recommended. The walk to the top is a bit of a struggle for many, although there are benches thoughtfully provided along the way. Alternatively, use the funicular-type train which runs up and down the hill’s northern slope. Find it hidden in a courtyard immediately west of the Applied Art Museum on Arsenalo.
Address: Castle Hill

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Genocide Victims’ Museum (Genocido Aukų Muziejus)
The sign outside reads that between 1940 and 1991 this building housed the representative institutions of the NKVD and KGB. The exhibits inside relate almost exclusively to the period of oppression and the so-called genocide of the Lithuanian people by the Communist regime.
Understandably a must-see part of any trip to Vilnius for people wishing to understand this often bleak and violent period in the country’s history. Between 1941 and 1944 the building was controlled by the Gestapo. As a testament to the suffering endured by the ethnic Lithuanians, especially under the lunacy of Stalin, the place is a must-see for any visitor to Vilnius.
Address: Aukų str. 2a

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National Museum (Lietuvos Nacionalinis Muziejus)
Lithuania’s oldest museum, parts of the collection inside this intriguing history lesson date back to the 13th century. On permanent display are religious and secular items highlighting the cultural and ethnographic life of the nation, including recreations of traditional homesteads, clothing, paintings and much more.
Also to be found are some of the things unearthed in the mass grave of Napoleonic soldiers nearby in 2001. The museum also puts on temporary shows, of which some are truly outstanding. It is a vital key for unlocking the secrets of the Lithuanian people.
Address: Arsenalo str. 1

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Vilnius Picture Gallery (Vilniaus Paveikslų Galerija)
Housed inside the charming 17th-century Chodkevičiai (Chodkiewicz) family palaceis this splendid little museum.
Enjoy a great collection of local painting, drawing and sculpture plus a couple of rooms stuffed full of exemplary furniture. All of it representing the last several hundred years of achievement. They also put on temporary exhibitions here, of which some are well worth checking out.
Address: Didžioji str.4

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Mo Museum
MO Museum, a personal initiative of Lithuanian scientists and philanthropists Danguolė and Viktoras Butkus, functioned as an art museum without walls for close to ten years.
The collection of 5000 modern and contemporary pieces contains major Lithuanian artworks from the 1950s to this day. From October 18th, 2018 MO has become an excellent place to spend free time. MO invites visitors to attend exhibitions, film screenings, educational activities, concerts and events geared to all age groups. One of MO’s goals is to create an active community of MOdernists who support the idea of MO and want to help us create a new kind of museum – together!
Address: Pylimo str. 17

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Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania
The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania was originally constructed in the 15th century for the rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the future Kings of Poland. After its demonisation in 1801, work on a new palace started in 2002 on the site of the original building and it took 16 years to complete it in 2018.
Visitors to the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania can see both permanent and temporary exhibitions. There are four routes to choose from: HISTORY, ARCHAEOLOGY, ARCHITECTURE This exposition presents three of the most important chronological stages in the development of this site and residence: the castle period (the territory's development until the turn of the 15th–16th centuries), the palace period (the 16th–17th centuries) and their destruction and period of non-existence (the mid-17th early 21st centuries). RECONSTRUCTED HISTORICAL INTERIORS This part of the exposition,which presents the stylistic development of the residence of the Lithuanian grand dukes through the Late Gothic, Renaissance and Early Baroque epochs and the palace surrounds and historical purpose of the various spaces displays authentic furniture, tapestries, paintings, maps and other treasures that are characteristic of European palace interiors. WEAPONRY, EVERYDAY LIFE, MUSIC This route consists of three exposition spaces and the Events Hall. This is where visitors can see the Lithuanian grand dukes' castle and palace fortifications and weapons collection. Another exposition reveals the daily life of the inhabitants of the Lithuanian grand dukes' castle and palace. MUSEUM EXHIBITION CENTRE The modern national and international Exhibition Centre in the museum is one of the few exhibition spaces in Lithuania that meets all security, micro-climate and other requirements that apply for the highest level exhibitions. Important national and international exhibitions will regularly be shown in these spaces.
Address: Katedros sq. 4

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