Museum of Genocide Victims, Vilnius

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Housed in the former headquarters of the Soviet Union's notorious security service, Museum of Genocide Victims 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 Museum of Genocide Victims and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Vilnius day trip planner.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Not Pleasant, but needs to be seen Visiting this former prison gives you some insight regarding the viewpoint of the Baltic States towards their huge Eastern neighbour. The prison was actually used by both the Soviets and Nazis during their respective occupations of Vilnius, and the impact of both are covered in the exhibits. The exhibits cover the actions of both occupiers, as well as the mass executions, the exile of thousands of Lithuanians to Siberia, and the doomed, largely unknown (in the West) armed resistance to the Soviet post-war reoccupation of the country after the Baltic Republics were sacrificed by the Western Powers. The preserved cells give the visitor a sense of the hopelessness felt by the prisoners, and the execution chamber exhibit is harrowing to say the least.
  • Spent 3 hours - could have spent longer! Used a very good audio guide, can go as fast or slow as you want. Disturbing and fascinating history.
  • Very informative. Especially the cellar floor with prisons is shocking. There is a lot to see and read. Audio guides were available in english. We spent about 2h there, but I think it takes at least 3 or 4 hours to hear all of the audio guide. All in all I can highly recommend a visit.
  • The real mark of the history displayed. Sometimes extremely shocking and uncomfortable but that's how all the occupations and genocides affected the country. One of the best museums in town.
  • Very informative and interesting to learn about the hardships of the Lithuanian people. Though I think it is too much centered on the Soviet times part. I wish there would be more information the crimes commited by Nazis.

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