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Address: Naugarduko g. 10-2, Vilnius 01309, Lithuania
Phone Number:
+370 5 231 2357
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 18:00
Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum is the only Jewish museum in Lithuania....

The Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum is the only Jewish museum in Lithuania. Currently it has three open exposition sites: the Tolerance Center, the Holocaust Exposition and the Memorial Museum of Paneriai. Each of the sites is located in a venue of historical importance for the Jewish community.

The indicated working hours are of the Tolerance Center, which hosts unique judaica and art exhibits, permanent and temporary exhibitions. For the working hours of the Holocaust Exposition and the Memorial Museum of Paneriai, please visit our website.

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Strong display of jew history in Lithuania

A lot to see in this museum. Recommend you start on the top floor and work your way down. You'll then start seeing the surviving artefacts from pre-nazi/pre-Soviet-periods, as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lot to see in this museum. Recommend you start on the top floor and work your way down. You'll then start seeing the surviving artefacts from pre-nazi/pre-Soviet-periods, as well as some interesting and beautiful works of art. Strong paintings uses surrealism to show the horrors of the jews experience in the country. Yet the artefacts celebrates its culture. Going... More 

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Zhivile J, Public Relations Manager at Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, responded to this review

Dear ofHarwich, Thank you very much for sharing your review and beautiful photos of our exhibits. We look forward to having you at the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum again! More 

Wishaw, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

We came here as part of the package with the Holocaust Museum. The personal stories were incredible. You could spend hours reading them all, if your emotions could cope with it. Amongst the many heartbreaking tales of family tragedies there are really amazing stories of people reaching out to help, very often at great risk to themselves. The museum is... More 

Thank alibroon
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Very interesting expositions, attractive presentation, opportunity to buy books, souvenirs, good staff.

Thank Monika O
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

The museum is dedicated to the history of Lithuanian Jews and Holocaust in Lithuania. Various exhibitions in the museum represent the history well and make it interesting even for those, who are not familiar with the history enough. The information is comprehensive and extensive, however painful. Museum's staff is very welcoming and always willing to help and explain; plus, they... More 

1 Thank Monika Ž
Zhivile J, Public Relations Manager at Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, responded to this review

Dear Monika, Thank you very much for the review and your kind words about the museum. We are more than glad that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again! More 

Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

OK it must really be said that if you look closely at the statue after a visit to the museum you are inclined to be more impressed. In winter surrounded by the white snow made an ever bigger impression on me...

Thank Marjolein C
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

Before WWII, Jews comprised of nearly 45% of Vilnius’ total population. The war wiped out 90% of this number with over 75,000 lives taken. Today, a mere 5% of the population is Jewish. Maybe it is this massive and tragic reduction that explains the quaintness of the museum memorializing this time in history. Or maybe it’s the recency effect of... More 

Thank WanderfullExplorer
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Although this museum is not easy to find and not signposted very well it is a must, An eye opener to the atrocities which occurred. Do not miss it, but beware it will bring you to tears. Not a bad thing!

Thank ChrissieCopok
Pleasant Hill, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Visit the Jewish Museum nearby the hotel. Much more information on the WWII extermination of Jews from Vilnius & the history so no one ever forgets

Thank travelwithpam
Tel Aviv, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

In a shabby shack is housed what is called the Jewish Museum . Jews had a long and rich history in Vilnius until most of them were exterminated by the Germans. This is not reflected in this Museum. Exhibits are shown as if we were still in the 50's. The title Jewish State Museum demonstrates the amount of attention the... More 

Thank roniferber
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Part of this museum is not only the exhibition about the holocaust in the green house (address: Pamėnkalnio g. 12), but also the tolerance centre in a building where before World War II the Jewish community explored a theatre (address: Naugarduko g. 10/2. In the tolerance centre there is an exhibition of Jewish art and culture. The staff is very... More 

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