Horror at the Museum of Genocide Victims in Vilnius, Lithuania

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Out of the many museums that I've visited in Vilnius, there are few that I'd recommend (actually, only two) and the Museum of Genocide Victims is one of them. This is the most informative museum I've visited in Lithuania and delves deep into incredibly tumultuous times in Lithuania's history. I also appreciate that the information in the museum is incredibly well explained and translated into several languages. 

In the basement of the museum there is an old KGB prison with 19 cells, guard rooms, and torture rooms. In another room there is also an execution chamber. I couldn't even bring myself to fully enter the execution chamber, or look at artifacts from those who were killed. The prison and torture rooms were particularly disturbing. I'm not going to comment on that any more, because I'm not eloquent and there is no way I could put my feelings into the appropriate words. 

If you're in Vilnius I suggest visiting the Museum of Genocide Victims for an understanding of Lithuanian history.






The Details: Admission to the museum costs 1.75 Euro and is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday 10 am - 5 pm. The museum is located on Auku g. 2 (off of Gedimino g).


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8 comments:

  1. Wow - this sounds interesting and disturbing... And cheap!

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    1. It was a very interesting introduction to what happened here - especially because this history isn't covered in other museums. Everything in Lithuania is pretty cheap!

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  2. I don't really know much about the history of genocide in Lithuania (looking it up right now). I bet it's disturbing to see in person, since it makes it that much more real than what you read about in text books.

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    1. It is very disturbing and something I hadn't learned about before either.

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  3. I think museums like this are so important. I found the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg really interesting, and incredibly moving. We need to make sure, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel, that we don't forget these atrocities. I can never do justice when I talk about this stuff either, just sharing it is often enough though.

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    1. You are right, it is so important to have these museums and to visit them. I'm really glad that we did and would encourage anyone visiting to make it a priority as well.

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  4. I was at the museum in March and you're right, it is difficult to explain and understand the horrors that occurred in that place both by the Nazis and the KGB. Definitely a must see museum. You should also visit the IXth Fort in Kaunas.

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    1. I haven't yet had a chance to visit the 9th Fort in Kaunas. I did visit the one at the bit of land surrounded by the meeting of two rivers near Old Town. Did you need a car to get to the 9th Fort? It seems a pretty far away from the train station.

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