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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  • I have mixed emotions after my visit. On one hand, the exhibits are well-designed and detailed in their explanations. The museum provides thorough and thought-provoking insight into the horrific... 
    I have mixed emotions after my visit. On one hand, the exhibits are well-designed and detailed in their explanations. The museum provides thorough and thought-provoking insight into the horrific...  more »
  • Great museum to remind us that we are having a great life and it wasn't always like this. Terrible history must not be forgotten. Definitely recommend to visit. 
    Great museum to remind us that we are having a great life and it wasn't always like this. Terrible history must not be forgotten. Definitely recommend to visit.  more »
  • The signage is in Lithuanian and English; there is also an audio guide available from the small book shop/gift store. There is an excellent exhibit about the partisans, statistics about the prison... 
    The signage is in Lithuanian and English; there is also an audio guide available from the small book shop/gift store. There is an excellent exhibit about the partisans, statistics about the prison...  more »
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  • Upstairs exhibits have tons of information - give yourself enough time to read through it all. The basement cells are a real emotional and informative experience. You can go outside through the exercise space to the former execution room which is very intense.
  • Really interesting museum with very thorough information on the history of Lithuania. If you want to understand the history of the country then definitely visit here. The prison was really interesting to see and learn about. Quite heavy at points.
  • Extremely interesting museum. The two superior floors provide exhaustive content about Lithuanian history. (A trigger warning would have been appreciated in the KGB prison at the end of the corridor though)
  • An immense amount of information, presented in an engaging way, which is sure to create a lasting impression. I had only 2,5 hours, so I unfortunately had to skip the partizan section and only go very quickly through the non-prison KGB section. Take the audio guide!
  • Very very very impactful. Not a fun place to visit, but very educational. However, for me it was quite intense as you could also visit the execution room. If you get touched by these kind of things easily, I’d skip this part if I were you. Overall, a must visit to learn more about the role of the KGB in Lithuania

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