Museums of Vilnius, Vilnius (Self Guided)

Vilnius is recognized as a city of culture. The city offers a large number of museums that house interesting and original exhibitions. A couple of museums were set up in the palaces of former nobility. Visitors will have an opportunity to visit national exhibitions as well as appreciate works of international artists, all of which are represented in the museums throughout the city.
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Museums of Vilnius Map

Guide Name: Museums of Vilnius
Guide Location: Lithuania » Vilnius (See other walking tours in Vilnius)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: emily
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Museum of Genocide Victims

1) Museum of Genocide Victims (must see)

The Museum of Genocide Victims in Vilnius, Lithuania was established in 1992 by order of the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and the President of the Union of Political Prisoners and Deportees. The museum is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting documents relating to the 50-year occupation of Lithuania by the Soviet Union, the Lithuanian resistance, and the victims of the arrests, deportations, and executions that took place during this period. The non-violent aspect of the resistance is represented by various books, underground publications, documents, and photographs. The collection pertaining to the Forest Brothers' armed resistance includes documents and photographs of the partisans. A section devoted to the victims of deportations, arrests, and executions holds photographs, documents, and personal belongings; this collection is continually expanded by donations from the public, seeing the museum as the best means of preserving the materials.

Opening hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm; Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Vilnius Holocaust Museum

2) Vilnius Holocaust Museum (must see)

The Vilnius Holocaust Museum was established in 1992 by order of the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and the President of the Lithuanian. Vilnius Holocaust Museum (also known as the Green House) attracts tourists with a modern design and multi-media presentation. The six rooms of the building are crammed with hundreds of years of Jewish history and hundreds of thousands of Jewish lives. The Holocaust Museum is a must-see attraction if you have any interest in a significant time in history. The museum is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting documents relating to the 50-year occupation of Lithuania by the Soviet Union, the Lithuanian resistance, and the victims of the arrests, deportations, and executions that took place during this period. The non-violent aspect of the resistance is represented by various books, underground publications, documents, and photographs.

Operation hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm; (Friday until 4 pm); Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The Radvilos Palace

3) The Radvilos Palace

The Radvilos Palace was built in 17th century dedicated to Jonusas Radvila the ex voevode of Vilnius. This building was set up by the famous architect Jonas Ulrichas and was one of the most beautiful palaces in Vilnius in the 18th century. Inside, you can find a display devoted to the former owners of the palace - Radvilos family, which had a big role in city’s history. The exhibition displays 165 portraits of the noble members of the family painted by Master Hirsz Leybowicz.
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Lithuanian Theatre, Music, and Film Museum

4) Lithuanian Theatre, Music, and Film Museum (must see)

Lithuanian Theater, Music, and Film Museum was established in 1926. In 1936, the exhibit moved to the State Theater. From 1964 to 1992, the museum was a branch of the Lithuanian Art Museum. Today, the museum is divided into several departments such as theater, music, cinema, art, and library.
Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 11.00-18.00; Wednesday 11.00-19.00; Saturday and before National Holidays 11.00-16.00.
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House of M. K. Ciurlionis

5) House of M. K. Ciurlionis

House of M. K. Ciurlionis is a museum in Vilnius, dedicated to composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis. The museum opened in 1995. Visitors may view the memorial room of Konstantinas who occupied the home from 1907 to 1908. Tourists may also view reproductions of his paintings.
Opening hours: Mon. – Fri. 10 am to 4 pm
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Lithuanian Art Museum

6) Lithuanian Art Museum (must see)

The Lithuanian Art Museum was initially established in Vilnius in 1933 as the Vilnius City Museum. It houses Lithuania's largest art collection. The collections at the museum include about 2,500 paintings dated from the 16th to the 19th Century; these consist mostly of portraits of nobility and clergy of the Lithuanian Grand Duchy from the 16th to the 18th centuries, and religious works from Lithuanian churches and cloisters. Over 8,000 drawings by Italian, German, French, Flemish, Dutch, Polish, English, and Japanese artists from the 15th to the 20th century are represented. The first half of the 20th century has an extensive presence, with over 12,000 works. The collection from the second half of the 20th century features more than 21,000 exhibits. Sculpture collections span the 14th through 20th centuries, with works from a number of European countries. Other notable collections include works done in watercolor and pastel, and photography.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 6 pm; Sunday 12 – 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Vilnius Picture Gallery

7) Vilnius Picture Gallery

Vilnius Picture Gallery is located on Didzioji street in Vilnius. It's a splendid museum, which is undoubtedly worth a visit. Inside the museum, one can admire fine portraits of noblemen of the Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania. Visitors will also find interesting sculpture and a couple of rooms stuffed with exemplary furniture. Temporary exhibitions are also displayed at the Vilinius Picture Gallery.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11–18; Sunday 12–17.

Walking Tours in Vilnius, Lithuania

Create Your Own Walk in Vilnius

Create Your Own Walk in Vilnius

Creating your own self-guided walk in Vilnius is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Gediminas Avenue in Vilnius

Gediminas Avenue in Vilnius

Gediminas Avenue is the main street in the capital city of Lithuania. The street was named after the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas. The average tourist will find many popular attractions on Gediminas Avenue such as the Museum of Genocide Victims, Lukiškės Square, and the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Shopping in Vilnius

Shopping in Vilnius

Since the Soviet Period, possibilities for shopping in Vilnius have vastly improved. Vilnius is now characterized as a shopping heaven, thanks to state-of-the-art shopping venues that are very popular among tourists from Eastern Europe. The most popular shopping items include jewelry, wooden handicrafts, and alcoholic beverages.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Monuments of Vilnius

Monuments of Vilnius

If you are interested in the different kinds of monuments a city has to offer, than Vilnius is a fantastic destination due to its rich history and heritage. The city features such famous monuments as the Frank Zappa Statue, Gediminas Monument, Uzupis Angel Statue, and many more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Religious Buildings of Vilnius

Religious Buildings of Vilnius

Vilnius is well-known as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vilnius. Here you will discover a large number of gorgeous religious buildings designed in different architectural styles such as Gothic, Baroque, and several other designs.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Vilnius' Old Town

Vilnius' Old Town

Europe's greatest architectural achievements such as Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical styles blend perfectly in the nation's capital of Lithuania. You will find the most attractive places of the city in this district.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Vilnius – the largest city and capital of Lithuania, declared in 2009 a European Capital of Culture, is well known for a multitude of churches featuring diverse architectural styles. Still, there's more to Vilnius than just architecture. Any time of year the city hosts a number of events: cultural, musical, cinematographic, theatrical and others. This orientation walk will help you find way...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Vilnius for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Vilnius has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Vilnius, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.