KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus), Vilnius

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Housed in the former headquarters of the Soviet Union's notorious security service, KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) documents the tactics of the secret police and memorializes the victims. Though Lithuania was a part of the USSR until its independence in 1990, its forcible incorporation into the country in 1940 led to a great deal of resentment and resistance against Russia. Visit the museum to see a multitude of exhibits displaying personal items of victims of the 50-year occupation who were killed in this very building. Don't miss the prison here, where many of the most ghastly abuses were carried out. Keep in mind that, due to the brutal subject matter, the museum may not be suitable for young children. Plan your visit to KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Vilnius day trip planner.
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  • As I travel around Europe, I continue to be educated of the atrocities that occurred in the Wars. KGB museum is no different. It opens your mind to the mindless human behaviour. Please take time out.....  more »
  • Students of history will take a liking to the KGB museum. Not only are historical (pre-/post-) WWII events and facts presented, there actually is a lot of history to be found within the walls of this....  more »
  • Worth a visit to understand the history of Lithuanians and what they went through during the second world war up to the 1990s and the horrors if the KGB. There are prison cells, execution rooms and...  more »
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  • Fantastic exhibition. Not expensive to visit (€4) and there's so much information to take in. The ground floor and upper floor take you through the Soviet occupations of Lithuania and the underground resistance (forest brothers). There's also a large section focusing on the work of the KGB. In the basement there is the former KGB prison, which is quite shocking to see.
  • Amazing. Possibly the best museum I have seen in a long time. It is very educative - we learnt so many things about history which helped better understand the country. Coming from Western Europe, this historical period is always thought from a different perspective. It was very informative. Some of the images are hard, probably not for everyone.
  • Our tour guide was very kind and understandable. VERY informative, and kept the your very interesting. The museum itself was a surprise and treat. Being in the same building that was occupied by KGB as both a head quarters and prison, the overall mood was rather dark but did not weaken the experience. Would definitely recommend visiting here for anyone traveling in the area that is unfamiliar with the culture or history here.
  • If you are into Soviet history this is a must-do! It is located in the old offices of the KGB where you can see all the rooms where they kept prisoners, interrogated and tortured them, etc They go through every detail with a lot of photos of those times. So you really feel how life was in those times. It is also quite cheap for such museum, specially for students (1€ if I'm not wrong). Definitely recommended if you spend 2 days in Vilnius.
  • A must to see if you are in Vilnius. If you love history and want to know a lot of details about the development of this country and how it came to be this is the place for you. It has two full floors of very well made expositions, where every room is worth the visit. When you decide to visit the place reserve at least 4 hours to read everything that is displayed and don't forget to see the authentic underground KGB prison, it's truly creepy and mystical to visit a place that has seen so much pain and suffering. As a native, this place truly pulled out a lot of emotion out of me.
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