Museums

In order to get to know the history of the country better, one may visit museums and exhibitions. Whatever city to choose one can be sure he will find something interesting for himself. In Vilnius we would like to offer Vilnius Castle Museum from where the best view of the city is revealed. At the base of the hill one can visit the National Museum of Lithuania where exhibitions of state and cultural history from the Neolithic until 1940 year are on display. Exhibitions of Lithuanian and foreign applied art and design are held in the Museum of Applied Art. One cannot avoid visiting KGB Museum (the Museum of Genocide Victims) which is the only museum of this kind in the former Soviet empire. Vilnius was once one of the cultural centres of the Jewish world. Today, there are some 6000 Jews left in Lithuania, around 200 of them are Holocaust survivors. Ethnographic exhibit and photo exhibition of genocide memorials throughout Lithuania is displayed at Jewish State Museum.
The lovers of art can explore the exhibition of Vilnius Picture Gallery which now houses a collection of Lithuanian paintings, drawings and sculptures by local and foreign artists from the 16th through the 19th century.
On the way from Vilnius to Kaunas stop in Rumsiskes – an open-air museum which depicts the life of Lithuanian peasants in 19-20 centuries.
Kaunas, the second largest city of Lithuania, may offer you an interesting explorations as well. If you care about the history and you are ready to accept the truth whatever it is, visit Ninth Fort – an impressive monument to commemorate the victims of Nazism. Vytautas War Museum of Vytautas the Great is considered to be one of the most important museums in Lithuania and contains almost everything what is connected with the war – archaeological finds, weapons, firearms, ammunition, army uniforms. The lovers of art should definitely visit M. K. Ciurlionis Museum where they can discover both mysterious and simple paintings of genius Lithuanian painter, composer and write M. K. Ciurlionis. A wide range of painting styles and origins dating back a few hundred years can be found at Mykolas Zilinskas Art Gallery. We would also like to offer one more site that can be found nowhere else in the world – the Devil’s Museum, where more then 2,000 tiny devils sit, sleep or stay frozen in their deadly dance.
The Lithuania’s seaside is deservedly considered to be the “pearl” of the country. In Klaipeda one should find time for a Maritime Aquarium. The museum collections include the sea fauna and insects, archaeological, ethnographic and iconographical items, coins, documents, ships and their equipment. In the centre of Klaipeda one can find a Clock and Watch Museum. Visitors of this museum have an opportunity to learn about the history of timepieces, discover the summer garden with a sun clock.
Nida, Lithuanian resort town, invites you to come to explore famous German writer’s Thomas Mann Museum which is situated on the high shore of lagoon. Museum’s collection is made up of photos, books, and copies of documents reflecting life and works of T. Mann. Another small but cute resort town Palanga is known for its Amber Museum, which is located in the centre of Botanical Park. The museum keeps exhibitions and collections of the pieces of amber and uncovers the history of the formation of amber, which is sometimes called the Baltic gold.

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Cities: Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Nida, Palanga.

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