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Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum

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Address: Pamenkalnio 12, Vilnius 2001, Lithuania
Phone Number: 370-5-2127083
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Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Description: Located in two different buildings, this museum has permanent displays...
Located in two different buildings, this museum has permanent displays depicting Lithuanian Jewish history and culture as well as artifacts from the Holocaust.
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Well presented history of Jewish history in Lithuania

The attic "malina" is well done and though small, they do a good job of covering a lot of the history of this community. Ironically, it is housed in a building that was formerly a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The attic "malina" is well done and though small, they do a good job of covering a lot of the history of this community. Ironically, it is housed in a building that was formerly a museum of atheism during soviet times.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The Nazis wiped out almost all Jews in Lithuania, this small museum provides information about the Jews in the country and the ghettos and the liquidation. It is a small museum that is out of the way but is worth a visit.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I can't compare to it with the other Jewish museum because it is my first one. I arrived there very late( half an hour before closing), but the staff was so nice that she let me to stay longer because her college could leave later. Finally I spent one and half an hour to browsed everything. The information was quite... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Sadly, this multi-site museum is like too many Jewish museums in Europe. Of course the Holocaust cannot be ignored, but Jewish history and culture in Lithuania (and especially in Vilnius/Vilna) encompassed so much more. As an important locus of scholarship, learning, and literary culture (not to mention the YIVO Archives!), Vilnius/Vilna looms huge in Jewish history. But, you wouldn't really... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Extremely interesting and I gained an enormous amount of knowledge from this visit. Well laid out and self explanatory.

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Warminster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Has some interesting exhibits but is really full of paintings and sculptures. Lots of information on boards to help understand the background and reality of the Holocaust. Lovely modern building.

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Small, hard to find museum, but worth the effort. 95% of country's Jewish population wiped out. 2 ghettos (1 was "Jewish District"). Also reconstructed "hiding place" where families his behind false walls.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is a small museum but has a lot to offer. There is beautiful artwork by Lithuanian Jews, remnants of synagogues long gone, and a lot of history about Jews in general, and their history (and elimination during WWII) in Lithuania.

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Groton, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is same as green house. The name needs to be simplified and consolidated. It is very hard to find, even with a city map, and locals do not seem to know it exists. I asked 12 people without success, and two were taxi drivers. Don't let that difficulty stop you, find it and go, very interesting museum. http://lithuaniabobbi.blogspot.com/2014/06/vilnius-holocaust-museum.html

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Crete, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Like the Genocide museum, this museum provides a lot of information in English and gives a very detailed history of the Jewish experience in WW2.

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