Genocide Victims Museum, Vilnius
I am not too much of a museum goer, but the "Genocide Victims Museum" which is also known as KGB Museum was on my must-visit list from the beginning of our Lithuania trip.
The Museum which is located in the former KGB prison was opened in October 1992.
It tells the story of 50 years of Soviet occupation in Lithuania. It is the only one of its kind in the former Soviet republics.
On the upper floor many displays, presentations and exhibits document the history of the Soviet repression, whereas on the lower floor the original prison cells can be visited. These include tiny isolation cells, punishment rooms and water torture cells where cold water on the floor should keep prisoners awake. A glass floored former execution cell can be seen a bit aside from the prison cells as well.
On the outside of the building some names of the victims have been carved into the stones.
All explanations are available in English. The museum is closed on Mondays.
The Genocide Victims Museum is located halfway of the Gedimino Prospektas. The access to the Musum is on Auku gatve 2a.
Genocide Victims Museum, Auku g. 2a, Vilnius
Then I was about 12 years old, it was first time I visited this museum with my classmates and teacher. It was so interesting, feelingly we were watching prisons cells and places where people were martyred and there they were killed.
I revisited this museum only about two weeks ago with purpose to see it with more agile intelligence. I was annoyed by KGB attorneys, who martyred and killed Lithuanian partisans and intellectuals without any human sense.
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.
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.
This is an interesting, yet horrifying museum that you shouldn't miss while in Vilnius. It explains the history of Lithuania when it was under the Soviet occupation. The exhibition tells the story of the deportation, the Partisans who fought for the independence of their country and the operation of KGB. There are lots of information both in Lithuanian and English. Downstairs there's the KGB prison where you can see a padded cell (it was creepy) and other horrible looking cells including a former execution room.
The tickets cost 4 Lt.
This is a former prison of the KGB, and has been kept pretty much in its original form. Its got lots of information, and lots of original uniforms etc, are displayed in glass cabinets.
Go downstairs to the cells, and see how prisoners were kept, and also see the very scary looking Padded Cell, as well as the water torture cells, a truly chilling experience, but very interesting nevertheless.
Costs Lt4 to get in and its ope 1000 - 1700 during the week and 1000-1500 on Sundays.
Apologies for the picture quality, it was dark by the time we left, so this is all I could get.
KGB Museum is about the history of Soviet Occupation in Lithuania and to represent the facts of what when on during the Soviet repressions. It was a pity that we didn’t go to see it as it was closed for unknown reason.
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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The genecide museam is situated in the old KGB headquarters and jail. You can wander around it on your own or you can rent some headphones for 12 litas each (more of less 3.50 euros). You would have to have a pretty strong stomach or not be too sensitive as this place is hardcore. You walk around the cells where the prisioners were held and tortured and hear the history and see the photos. Not for the faint hearted. I'm glad I went as I had absolutely no idea what had actually gone on in this place, but I did feel quite upset when I came out. Its just off the main shopping street in the center of Vilnuis near Lukiskiu square
The Museum of Genocide Victims (the KGB Museum) is located in the former Gestapo/KGB-headquarter in the centre of Vilnius.
The museum is split over 3 floors and covers the period from around 1940 to 1991; Partisan wars, deportations, Soviet prison camps, the KGB, anti-Soviet resistance, and much more... The basement of the old KGB-headquarter was used as a prison, and here you can see the prison cells, cells used for torture, the guards rooms, the courtyard used for exercise, and the execution chamber.
Outside the museum is the Monument to Soviet Occupation Victims, and the names of Lithuanian victims are inscribed on the building itself.
The Genocide Victims Museum (aka KGB museum) is housed in the former headquarters of the KGB about one kilometre from the centre of town. On the ground floor there is an exhibition which deals with the subject of the treatment of Lithuanians by their Soviet occupiers - visitors can find out a lot about a subject which outside Lithuania is little known.
This is a historical-memorial museum forming its collections following thematic principle. Historical-documentary material reflecting repression taken against the inhabitants of Lithuania by occupational regimes (1940-1990), material on the anti-Soviet and anti-Nazi resistance, information about participants of struggles for freedom and victims of genocide are accumulated
This museum is placed in the former KGB administrational building. In the dungeons of this building people were tortued and executed by Russian government. Cells are left as they were found in 1991 after independence. Over 1000 people were executed in dungeons of this building alone during Russian occupation, many more questioned and tortured because they were thought to in support of Lithuanian independence. People were put in here only for simple accusations, etc. Many ended up in mental hospitals or in prison camps in Syberia, where almost a million (one third of nation) of Lithuanians were exiled by Russians.
Adults - 2 Litas
Children - 1 Litas
Permition to take pictures - 4 Litas
Permition to film on videotape - 10 Litas
Audioguide (English) - 8 Litas
Excurtion (in Lithuanian) - 15 Litas
Excurtion in other languages - 30 Litas
In September-May, every wednesday tickets are free
Excurtions are led by people who suffered in this prison
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
The dark days of the Soviet occupation come alive at this chilling museum. The exhibits are housed in the actual building where anyone who had rankled the authorities was held, tortured and then either executed or condemned to the gulags.