Genocide Victims Museum, Vilnius
This museum was called KGB museum or Soviet occupation museum as well.
It's located in partly renovated old KGB building where KGB headquarters were located till 1991. The museum is unique of its kind in the former Soviet Empire. It shows real horror of of the terror that swept Lithuania under Soviet rule. My strong recommendation is to visit it!
There are still alive witnesses of unbelievable Soviet terror which took place a few hundred kilometers/miles away from happy and fast growing Europe after WWII.
It started when two short-sighted politicians - one sick (Churchil), the second one not enough brave (Roosvelt) - decided together with Stalin to divide Europe with Lithuania on its wrong, Soviet side. Hmm... the situation was difficult but... no excuse. Later... cold war... terror... exciles... poverty in the East and rebuilding process, progress, fast progress in the West. Keep in mind that Lithuania had much better economy than say Spain, Portugal or Greece in 1939.
Well, maybe this quite different history of Lithuania (and Eastern Europe) explains probably stronger protests of its citizens (and politicians) against any totalitarism and terrorism and those who support it, to fake deals and wars as well.
Now, time to look for common better future, cooperation and time to remember not so old past in this area (not to make the same wrong decisions to other areas in our globe) and about those who still suffer from lack of basic freedom in Europe (yes!) - look futher to the East and the South.
Mon - closed
Tue - Sat: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Sun: 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
FREE on Wednesdays from September to june
Adults - 2 Lt
Photo permit - 4 Lt (video - 10 Lt)
Hire of headphones and recorded tour in English - 8 Lt (my recommendation!).
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This is one of the most unsettling places I've ever visited, I'm finding it hard to put into words the overwhelming sense of dread I felt while walking the halls of this former KGB prison where many prisoners perished at the hands of the KGB. I don't think I said a word the entire time I was in the building, I felt a huge sense of relief once we left.
Yet, I think this should be a place that Vilnius visitors should stop, whether to remember the horrors or learn about them.
There's a small entrance charge, English language headsets can be rented at the entrance but most of the exhibits are in English.
The building is recognizable from the outside with memorial plaques on the building to those that died between 1945 and 1946.
well, it's a good museum in my view cause you really can imagine the life there, in that jail.
here's the interogatory room with old radios, alarm..
some photos are chocking and the room where people were killed is also really strange.
now i can see better horrors that KGB did and that we ignored in France few years ago..
A strong reminder of the turmoil history of Lietuva.
So many uprisings, rebellions for independence, and then the horrorfying pawn in WWII
Preserved so that you can feel part of the history of the KGB rule in the country
It's creepy, it's depressing, and it's absolutely essential. This museum houses the cells where prisoners of the KGB were held, interrogated, and executed. Many explanations are in English but it's probably worth the 8Lt to get a pre-recorded walking tour. A vivid depiction of a gruesome but important period in Lithuanian history.
Open 10am - 4pm, closed Mondays.
The old KGB building in Vilnius has been restored, but only partially, so that the chilly horror of what happened there hangs in the air around evey corner. Used for executions and torture until 1963, the ex-prison contains cells, including a padded soundproof cell (pictured) where blood can still be seen on the walls. You can order a tour with a former prisoner and be shown a torture chamber where prisoners were forced to stand on a small pedestal in the middle of a pool of water, isolation chambers, and the prison "yard."
While it might not sound like the most fun of tours, it is certainly eye-opening and a must-see because you get to experience what many Lithuanians had to endure during the Soviet occupation.
KGB Museuem off Gedinimo. About 2Lits for student. We had an excellent guide, who said he had only been studying English for a few months - he sounded much more fluent!
There is a former prisoner there who discusses what happened there in the prison. It must seem really weird for someone to go back to where they were incarcerated as a touristic relic every single day
A little known fact is that the Second World war in Lithuania didn't end until 1952. It was the time of fighting for independence from the USSR, which ended very sadly for Lithuanians. KGB Museum is actually the prison where independence fighters and political rebels were kept. Very touching.
Here's a picture of the water cell at the KGB museum.
They used to put a prisoner standing on the little stool in the middle of the pool and then filled the pool with cold water.
Outside of the genocide victims museum, make sure to notice the encarvings into the wall, each stone carrying a name of a single victim.