Before I share my favorite museums, I wanted to say Happy Lunar New Year!! I spent this holiday in Yunnan, China twice and loved eating tons of food with friends and setting off fireworks. I wish everyone a healthy and happy Year of the Monkey!
There are quite a few museums in Vilnius, but if you are crunched for time there are really only 3 museums worth visiting. Going to museums isn't for everyone (I love them), so if you don't want to spend your limited travel time or money on museums, I'd suggest at least visiting the first museum on this list. Actually, I'd suggest that everyone visiting or moving to Lithuania visit the Museum of Genocide victims (though I'd suggest not bringing young children along).
1) I've spoken about the Museum of Genocide Victims before, but it deserves mentioning once more, as the displays are informative, clear, and educational. The basement of this museum was a former KGB prison and is pretty horrifying to see. Tickets cost only 4 euro for adults.
2) On a completely opposite, lighter note, the Vytautas Kasiulis Museum features one of Lithuania's most beloved artists. Kasiulis (1918-1995) began his art career in Kaunas (the second largest city in Lithuania) and later left Lithuania to study art elsewhere in Europe. His artwork really flourished after he moved to Paris. Find more information here.
3) The National History Museum inside Gediminas' Tower highlights more recent Lithuanian history including the Baltic Way, a human chain that linked Lithuanian, Latvia, and Estonia in protest of Soviet occupation in the 1990s. This museum costs 4 euro to enter.
Do you check out museums while traveling? What museums do you suggest visiting in your area? What is your favorite museum that you've ever seen?