Das Museum der Opfer des Genozids (lit. Genocido aukų muziejus) ist ein Museum zur neueren Geschichte in Vilnius, der Hauptstadt Litauens. Es befindet sich in dem Gebäude, das die deutsche Gestapo und der sowjetische KGB für Verhöre, Folterungen und Hinrichtungen politischer Gegner nutzten. Es wurde am 14. Oktober 1992 eröffnet. Umgangssprachlich ist es allgemein auch als KGB-Museum bekannt.
Difficult to review such a solemn place. The basement with the execution chamber was cold and chilling yet, emotional and terribly sad. Mans inhumanity to man was never far from my mind as we walked beneath what was essentially an office building. The museum outlines the bravery and suffering of the Lithuanian people. Occupied by the Russian and German armies they became submissive but fought a guerrilla war that was intelligent and heroic. The KGB selected and killed many prominent citizens and all from what appeared to be a normal government office. The feeling of death hangs in the air and it's hard not to feel the fear and terror of those frightening times. Spread over three floors, the museum is definitely worth a visit but be prepared, it is not easy, but it is a visit you should make
This a place to go, to understand and to know more about the Lithuanian history. It's a disturbing but interesting museum in former KGB headquarters. There is a good audio guide and even some texts are in French. I spent 2 hours with friends, but I could have been there for 4 or 5 hours. A lot of text and objects. Good experience !
Very informative but kind of depressing, especially the prison downstairs. This is a dark part of history; but worth a visit for anyone interested in history
Interesting museum, but be aware that you can only pay in cash there! Students have to hold an ISIC card, otherwise they don't get the discount. You can easily spend half a day in the museum and it's worth it
I learned so much at this museum! A very sad part of Lithuania's history, but necessary to learn about. Tickets are 4€. We spent about 1.5 hours. It's not really stroller/wheelchair friendly. There are small double doors to get through and stairs right away to go to the first floor. We left our stroller and a kind lady watched over it. There is a coat room with lockers (yay for not lugging around all our paraphernalia). There aren't graphic photos (except for one photo at the end of the prison cells and a video in the execution room) so for children it would be ok depending on maturity (obviously avoiding the execution room).
This is an absolutely amazing museum and chilling/ haunting in some points. I would recommend that anyone visiting Vilnius visit this site. It provides you with an excellent understanding to the impact WW2 had on the Jewish population and explained the impact of Russian and German Rule of Lithuania. In the basement there is are the original cells, exercise area and execution chamber. I cannot explain how chilling this was and I would highly recommend a visit
Confronting.... my mum is Lithuanian and throughout the visit all I could think was that I'm grateful she made out out. The torture and massacre methods were horrific and make you think how could someone do this to another human being. The declaration of independence near the final room made you feel thank goodness now reel freedom. It was a great museum and very well done.
The museum itself is amazing. You will see historical and an authentic stuff related to the Lithuanian history in 1940-1956 but I wish there was more exhibits.
A recommended museum if you visit Vilnius! Really interesting to see how Lithuania suffered during the Nazi and Stalin era’s. Although there is a lot of information it doesn’t take you a very long time to see it all, that’s convient if you want to do more in the city. You can even visit the prison which is located in the basement of the building. Really interesting museum!
The museum deserves a visit or two! It is very well structured. And the story they tell there deserves to be known from as many people as possible.
a five star museum. lots of information. nicely curated. the museum itself housed in the historic building that is entirely associated with the content of the museum. even then, I think the naming of the museum should have been different. the museum preserved and showcased the torture and sufferings of the people during the Soviet communist regime, and also of the resistence against the communist regime. it would have been better if the space of the museum could be more.
This Genocide Victims Museum was established in 1992 and since that time it is the best museum for me with a big black history. Everybody in Lithuania have to see that place and to think what to do that such history will never repeat again. Everybody in the World must see this place to understand that Soviets were the same as Nazi.
Very instructive and well worth the 4€ entrance fee. It has a lot of artifacts and you can visit a real KGB prison and execution room. An amazing experience for history buffs.
A must see for all visitors interested in Lithuania’s history. Chilling, comprehensive and an informative museum showing our nation’s difficult challenges with both nazi and soviet repression. I am most moved with how the Lithuanians had the courage, strength and perseverance to overcome such evil.
One of the most touching places in Vilnius which you have to visit. You will be disturbed after the visit, knowing how much Lithuanians had to suffer in the hands of Nazis and Soviets. Taking an audio guide is recommended, as you learn a lot. Totally worth the money.
Just a propaganda museum. Not a single reference about the alliance between Nazis and Lithuanians. Former Nazis that had been excecuted presented as rebels. A museum has to be historical correct and present both sides of history.