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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  • August 16, 2017
    We greatly appreciated the visit of the Museum that traces the history of deportation and killings of Lithuanians during the Soviet air. Reading the many information can be heavy if you aren't used to read in English.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Went last year but was refurbished this year. So-called tourist's entrance can not stick and then watch out. At the building at around proudly and have elaborate names of victims Maria holic wall.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This museum helps imagine what it was like to be a political prisoner in the USSR. It was quite a shocking experience for many people in our tour group. Not for small kids!  more »
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  • May 29, 2017
    The original building includes the prison cellar which is extremely impressive. That part alone would be 5 stars to me. Upstairs the areas are very small for the amount of people there and there is so much text to read that you need to spend too much time with a lot of people in a cramped space. Staff is extremely unfriendly. Would still recommend.
  • May 2, 2017
    An atmospheric museum that is imporant to remind us of what was so that we hopefully learn from it. We were in a group that was a bit too big for the place and the guide went through everything too quickly for my liking, but his presentation was interesting and informative. The visit makes you uncomfortable, as it should and sticks with you for some time. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in history.
  • June 5, 2017
    Well worth the reasonable fee. The museum leads you through several rooms with easy to follow numbers and signs. Good information about the brutality of the KGB and Lithuanian struggle for independence. The term genocide is a little misleading because the KGB were killing political dissidents, not an ethnic group.
  • June 30, 2017
    Its a good museum space, still too politically distorted. Yes, all prisons of the first half of twentienth century are horrible. Still I cannot reject the feeling that I only see half of the picture there... KGB versus Lithuana...
  • July 1, 2017
    Well worth do visit this museum to understand the Lithuanian fight for freedome.Take audio guid or a guid as this will enchance your visit here. I would recommend 1,5-2 hours to spend here.

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