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. Take a look at our Vilnius itinerary maker to schedule your visit to KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Super informative, interesting. If you like history reserve enough time for this museum. I recommend some 4 hours
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  • A place of punishment, and this Museum really makes the idea of what was supposed to be either at the time of the Nazi occupation and later with the Russians and the KGB. Visit this museum is useful in order to know our history, but leaves a great sense of anguish. Not to forget what is a dictatorship.
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  • The museum trip is structured on 3 floors, the ticket office told me to start from the basement but he was wrong, the visit starts on the same floor of the ticket office. You should absolutely provide...  more »
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  • For people who are interested in contempory history, this is the place To visit. The visit of the prison is very impressed and frightened. It shows very well the lituanian national pride.
  • I haven't been to many museums, but I visited this when I was in Vilnius with a string orchestra. It was a memorable experience, and I learned a whole lot about what it was like in the times of the genocides. The museum guides was very knowledgeable, and answered most of the questions we had. I encourage everyone to visit this museum while they are in Vilnius. I can assure you that you won't regret the visit.
  • Very dark and kind of depressing, but an important place to visit so you can see what Lithuania has been through, and then appreciate how fantastic is it these days despite its many hardships. Note that this is one of the few places that doesn't take cards, so make sure you have some cash to get in; €4 at the time of writing, and well worth the money to get in. You'll be here for two to three hours.
  • Lodged in an the old KGB Lithuanian headquarters, this museum offers a very grim exhibition on 50 years of Soviet rule over this country. It's fascinating and creepy at the same time. However, it can get a bit too crowded. Also, the museum is located near the old Jewish quarter of Vilnius: yet, despite having the word "Genocide" in its name (and also being located in the old Gestapo headquarters as well), it doesnt really talk about the Holocaust in Lithuania (which housed a very sizeable Jewish population)
  • A great museum, particularly the prison downstairs, highlighting a dark period in history that must not be forgotten. Interesting and well presented - well worth a visit for anyone interested in history or humanity.