Special: National Museum of Lithuania
Lithuania has a very troubled, but also rich history. When we visited Vilnius, we decided to pay the National Museum of Lithuania a visit. The entrance fee is low and the museum itself was quite satisfying. Something worth mentioning as well was the kind and helpful stuff who made the experience very special!
Lithuania as a state occurred in the 13th century for the very first time, but Lithuanian tribes already populated the area thousands of years earlier. Even though Lithuania is quite small nowadays, the National Museum of Lithuania is extremely interesting as the country was way larger in the past.
In the first of four large areas, the early history of Lithuania is displayed. The Kingdom Poland-Lithuania is remembered as one of the most important powers in the 16th and 17th century. Lithuania lost its independence in 1795 after a long stage of growth and prosperity.
This time, however, is displayed by far the most at the National Museum of Lithuania which is equipped with dozens of items of this time of Lithuanian power.
Occupation for centuries
Something that makes the National Museum of Lithuania very interesting as well is the exhibition about the years of occupation which lasted from 1795 till 1918.
Especially considering that several thousands of Lithuanians were killed in revolts during the Russian occupation, there is a lot of material about this era available at the National Museum of Lithuania.
Not only the time of Russian occupation, but also German occupation during the First and the Second World War is part of the exhibition at the National Museum of Lithuania.
For example, there are several original documents in Russian and German with legislative and executive acts.
Lithuania as a sovereign state
With Kaunas as a capital, Lithuania was a sovereign state already between the two World Wars, but the most important era of independence started in 1990.
The foundation of the new state with Vilnius as a capital, the National Museum of Lithuania puts a lot of effort on. The first presidents, the first stages of state-building and much more is displayed very detailed.
Other parts of the exhibition at the National Museum of Lithuania include a portrait of living in Lithuania at different times as well as the cultural development of the country over ages.
Interactive tour of Vilnius
Even though the National Museum of Lithuania is one of the more traditional museums with exhibitions of documents and items mainly, there are some modern elements as well.
For example, there was a large computer screen with which visitors could “play”. The one we liked the most offered a virtual tour of Vilnius which was quite interesting, especially because every important sight of the city was mentioned and bedded up with historic information about the places.
As we browsed through Vilnius and its history, we were approached by an employee who told us pretty much everything about the city and its secrets. Especially as she was rarely fluent in English, her kindness and helpfulness was something that’s worth a special mention.
Traditional, but interesting nevertheless
The National Museum of Lithuania is a very traditional museum. Several different exhibitions, mainly equipped with mas, documents, items and similar stuff, but only some interactive areas.
However, these were quite good and very interesting. Combined with very helpful stuff, our visit to the National Museum of Lithuania was a pleasure. The National Museum of Lithuania is no real must for a visit of Vilnius, but if you got some time, we’d definitely recommend to spend it there.
Considering the low entrance fee, the value for the money is also great.