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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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Quite small but still sobering

Quite a sobering self guided walk through the former ghetto area of Vilnius. There are info wells upon which the names of all those murdered because of thir faith are inscribed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Tallinn, Estonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Quite a sobering self guided walk through the former ghetto area of Vilnius. There are info wells upon which the names of all those murdered because of thir faith are inscribed. Info is in Lithuanian and English (possibly also German) I cannot rememeber. Quite sobering but probably OK for children as it is not a scarey place like I imagine... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Small but very informative museum reviling the history of the great Jewish community that thrived in Vilnius and Lithuania before WWII.

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Vilnius
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

it an impressive museum that will shock you and show the truth of the Jewish culture in Vilna and Kovno .Once youre in Vilna you must visit it.

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Pleasantville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Not to be missed. A very informative tour through Lithuanian Jewish history, culture and the Holocaust. The section on the children saved is most comprehensive and informative. Not a place to rush through. With over 200,00 people liquidated in Lithuania, visiting this museum is a fitting way to pay tribute to the lost and to reflect on what was dione... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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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