Genocide Victims Museum, Vilnius

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    KGB Museum

    by fachd Written Oct 7, 2012

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    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.

    Address: Gedimino av. 42

    Directions: Near Lukiskiu square

    Phone: 2496264

    Website: http://www.genocid.lt/Muziejus/eng/muzeum.h

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    Genocide museum

    by PeterVancouver Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

    Address: 2a Auku St., LT-2001, Vilnius

    Directions: Near Lukiskiu square

    Phone: 249 81 56

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  • KGB Museum/Museum of Victims of the Genocide

    by Sonic747 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

    Ticket costs:
    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

    Address: Aukø gatvë 2a

    Phone: (8-5) 2498156

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  • An alarming experience

    by TimSimpson Written Aug 1, 2010

    For those of us who have luckily never experienced either loss or risk to their freedom, it is worthwhile to visit this museum. The impact of what this nation endured and suffered since 1935 until 1991 will give you cause to reflect on how lucky you have been. True, the cellars still have the padded cell for prisoners who had been broken under interrogation and the 'wet' cells etc but if you have studied the displays upstairs, you will realise that this is not something out of 'James Bond' and why the staircases are covered in mesh. You will also understand why such museums are evident across the Baltic States and how valuable personal freedom is.

    Address: Gedimino av. 42

    Directions: Near Lukiskiu square

    Phone: 2496264

    Website: http://www.genocid.lt/Muziejus/eng/muzeum.h

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    Museum of KGB victims

    by Raimix Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    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.

    Address: Gedimino av. 42

    Directions: Near Lukiskiu square

    Phone: 2496264

    Website: http://www.genocid.lt/Muziejus/eng/muzeum.h

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    KGB Museum

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 7, 2008

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    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.

    Address: Auku 2a

    Directions: Near Lukiskiu square

    Phone: (5) 249 6264/2

    Website: http://www.genocid.lt

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    Genocide Victims Museum

    by HORSCHECK Updated Oct 23, 2007

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    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.

    Directions:
    The Genocide Victims Museum is located halfway of the Gedimino Prospektas. The access to the Musum is on Auku gatve 2a.

    Address:
    Genocide Victims Museum, Auku g. 2a, Vilnius

    Website: http://www.genocid.lt/

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    Horrific but of historic interest

    by Nicky-IRE Written Oct 20, 2007

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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

    Address: Gedimino av. 42

    Directions: Near Lukiskiu square

    Phone: 2496264

    Website: http://www.genocid.lt/Muziejus/eng/muzeum.h

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    KGB museum

    by SandiMandi Written Jul 6, 2007

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    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.

    Address: Gedimino av. 42

    Directions: Near Lukiskiu square

    Phone: 2496264

    Website: http://www.genocid.lt/Muziejus/eng/muzeum.h

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    Genocide museum

    by bonio Written Jul 4, 2007

    A look at the events during the Russian occupation. Lots of information and possible to visit the KGB prison in the basement which has been left unaltered. Section on partizan resistance throughout the country particularly well done.

    Address: Gedimino av. 42

    Directions: Near Lukiskiu square

    Phone: 2496264

    Website: http://www.genocid.lt/Muziejus/eng/muzeum.h

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    KGB Museum

    by dejavu2gb Written Jan 13, 2007

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    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.

    Address: Gedimino av. 42

    Directions: Near Lukiskiu square

    Phone: 2496264

    Website: http://www.genocid.lt/Muziejus/eng/muzeum.h

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    KGB Museum

    by downInMx Written Oct 25, 2006

    This museum really explains the problems that Lithuanians endured during the 30, 40 and through Soviet occupation and is amazing when you walk downstairs and see how the prisoners had to live while being held by the Soviets.

    Address: Gedimino av. 42

    Directions: Near Lukiskiu square

    Phone: 2496264

    Website: http://www.genocid.lt/Muziejus/eng/muzeum.h

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    Dark heart of the city

    by cheekykev Written Aug 21, 2005

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    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.

    Address: Gedimino av. 42

    Directions: Near Lukiskiu square

    Phone: 2496264

    Website: http://www.genocid.lt/Muziejus/eng/muzeum.h

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    Museum of Genocide Victims

    by rollinstone81 Written Jan 12, 2005

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    There's a very impressing, depressive but interesting museum about genocide victims in Vilnius. Inside you can see cells of the former KGB building, which was headquarter of the Gestapo in the time when the Nazis were there.

    Address: Auku gatve 2a

    Directions: Near Lukiskiu aikste, and the main road Gedimino prospektas

    Phone: 622449

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    Museum of Genocide Victims

    by matcrazy1 Updated Jul 4, 2004

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    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!

    MY REFLECTION
    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.


    HOURS
    Mon - closed
    Tue - Sat: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
    Sun: 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

    ENTRANCE FEE
    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!).


    MUCH MORE IN MY TRAVELOGUES!

    Address: 2a Auku gatve, Vilnius, Lithuania

    Directions: From Gedimino prospektas turn to a walkway southwards when you see the monument of victims of Soviet occupation (made of stones), you will reach Auku gatve, entrance (not well signed) on the left.

    Phone: +370 (5) 2496264

    Website: http://www.muziejai.lt/Vilnius/genocido_auku_muziejus.en.htm

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