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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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  • The one place I wanted to visit, whilst in Vilnius. A very sobering experience, but a museum that everyone should visit. Full of information and artifacts from the era. An excellent example to... 
    The one place I wanted to visit, whilst in Vilnius. A very sobering experience, but a museum that everyone should visit. Full of information and artifacts from the era. An excellent example to...  more »
  • I gave this a five - not because it is a pleasant experience - but because of the importance of its memory. We were privileged to have a guided tour by the director who, himself, is doing extensive.....  more
    I gave this a five - not because it is a pleasant experience - but because of the importance of its memory. We were privileged to have a guided tour by the director who, himself, is doing extensive.....  more »
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  • I can't say enough good things about this museum. A person could definitely spend an entire day here, soaking up all of the history. The best word I can use to describe it is emotional. The museum itself is very well kept, clean, and the staff were very helpful and friendly. There is also a great selection of books that you can buy at the ticket sales window.
  • Really informative exhibition explaining the occupation of both the German and Russian army's. Graphic details about the atrocities committed so, not for the faint of heart. Much bigger than I expected it to be so, if you love history you could spend many hours and still not have read all the information. The KGB prison in the basement was terrifying but at the same time very poignant and explanatory of the daily struggles Lithuanians experienced during occupations. Well worth a visit.

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