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Grutas Park, Grutas

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Grūtas Park is a sculpture garden of Soviet-era statues and an exposition of other Soviet ideological relics from the times of the Lithuanian SSR. Founded in 2001 by entrepreneur Viliumas Malinauskas, the park is located near Druskininkai, about southwest of Vilnius, Lithuania.HistoryAfter Lithuania regained its independence in 1990, various Soviet statues were taken down and dumped in different places. Malinauskas requested the Lithuanian authorities to grant him the possession of the sculptures, so that he could build a privately financed museum. This Soviet-theme park was created in the wetlands of the Dzūkija National Park. Many of its features are re-creations of Soviet Gulag prison camps: wooden paths, guard towers, and barbed-wire fences.Its establishment faced some fierce opposition, and its existence is still controversial. Some ideas originally meant to be a part of the park were never allowed. Examples include transporting the visitors in a Gulag-style train. Grūtas Park and its founder Malinauskas won the 2001 Ig Nobel Peace Prize (see List of Ig Nobel Prize winners#2001). Since January 2007 the park has been in dispute with the Lithuanian copyright protection agency. The agency requires royalties to be paid to seven Lithuanian artists who created some of the statues.
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  • Having seen a few clips of the Grutas statues on TV, I was expecting them to be concentrated in a small area, but in fact, you have to walk quite a distance to see them all, which I would recommend. Y...  more »
  • The park is very sweet and worth a visit. The statues are amazing to see and very powerful. The information on communism is not very accurate (many of the plaques contradict each other). It is definat...  more »
  • As an enthusiast of Soviet-era iconography, I have no hesitation in saying that not only is Grutas Park the best of its kind I have visited anywhere in the world but also that it is very difficult to ...  more »
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  • Very interesting park in beautiful settings. Lovely walk looking at old USSR art that was removed from the whole country after independence. The cafeteria is also worth a stop. Here you will find old dishes from Soviet times, served with "theme" bowls. The combination of smoked Sprats (fish), raw onions and a glass of vodka is certainly unusual. For kids they have a small private zoo and a very good play area.
  • One of a kind. The artifacts from the Soviet past are gathered here. An "Animal Farm". A must see.
  • Perfect place to feel Soviet atmosphere. All crazyness of Soviet Union collected in one place. Wanna do selfie with Stalin - this is place for You.
  • Very nice place to spend time with family. Good zoo. Price is not friendly enough.
  • A wonderful 2-3 hours attraction for the whole family.It's not just a bunch of old soviet statues. It's a whole historic route laid down in a park with a small zoo and swings for children.Light walk in the park will lead you through the real soviet epocha, you will feel it in the air. And when you get tired- a soviet style restaurant with waiters- pioneers is waiting for you.

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