Cold War Museum
Cold War Museum
4.5
Military MuseumsMilitary Bases & Facilities
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Merrowmum
    Guildford, United Kingdom1,343 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good overall
    Our small group had a guided tour here as part of our tour of the Baltics. Our guide spoke very good English and gave some decent explanations for each of the rooms used. It is a shame that she then didn’t give us time to actually read the displays for ourselves, or indeed take photos except snatched “on the go”. But the bunker is an experience in of itself. Being somewhere which, in my lifetime, was both top secret and a direct threat to existence in the UK, is quite chilling and it is even more so when you consider how many such sites both sides had in the Cold War. To go into the missile silo itself, now obviously empty, really hammers it all home.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Richard M
    335 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mutually Assured Destruction
    If you grew up in the Cold War, this is a must see when in Lithuania. One of the bunkers in this former top secret installation has been made into a museum with information and exhibits about the history of the cold war. It is bone chilling to stand in a silo that once housed a nuclear warhead that could have wiped out any city in Western Europe - waiting for the leader of the Soviet Union to “push the button”. Get the audio guide at the entrance, it is worthwhile because the English translations on the physical display boards in each room are awkward. However, the audio guide is also very detailed so be prepared to "fast forward" past some of the minutiae. Also, take a photo of the “map” of the bunker at the entrance – the white lines on the floor to show you where to go can be confusing and having a map on your phone helps.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Anthony S
    Brisbane, Australia1,866 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    With an interest in the Cold War this museum is a must visit. Unfortunately there is only the bare bones and rooms left after most things were pilfered after the collapse of the Soviet Union but it is still worth the effort to visit. There is an audio tour available which was very good but the volume was so low each person really needs their own and it was difficult to hear in the rooms with several people listening and lost of echos. Regardless, it was well worth visiting.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 27, 2024
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GretaMst
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
The exposition was interesting, however the staff actively ignores health safety. Groups are large and people barely fit in one exposition room, the guide does not wear any face mask and does not even mentioned the visitors should. As a result most of them didn't. Also I think the visit would have been better without the guide (I had no opportunity to check most of the exposition with that many people crammed in and fast talking guide)
Written July 24, 2021
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Adventure D
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
the last time my parents were there it was amazing. Now that we went with the whole family including me, they showed only around 1/4 of what they showed before, and with over 2 times more people! it was so uncomfortable, everyone was pushing each other, each room was filled to the brim with people. it was terrible. It smelled like sweat, almost got walked over, and the tour didnt know anything. she was so uninterested in the whole history, it seemed like she read the history and simply told it because she needs to. We had to look at everything ourselves. just terrible. completely terrible.
Written October 24, 2023
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Our small group had a guided tour here as part of our tour of the Baltics. Our guide spoke very good English and gave some decent explanations for each of the rooms used. It is a shame that she then didn’t give us time to actually read the displays for ourselves, or indeed take photos except snatched “on the go”.
But the bunker is an experience in of itself. Being somewhere which, in my lifetime, was both top secret and a direct threat to existence in the UK, is quite chilling and it is even more so when you consider how many such sites both sides had in the Cold War. To go into the missile silo itself, now obviously empty, really hammers it all home.
Written August 3, 2023
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Chris M
Wetherby, UK1,401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We were glad that we selected an excursion to this site when visiting Klaipeda on a Cruise. It is an excellent mainly underground bunker museum, and really brings the current comparatively close conflict into focus. We had the benefit of an English/Russian speaking guide for our tour, who was able to interpret the propoganda still evident on the walls. This site was originally a missile base built secretly and the whole area of passages, rooms and missile storage silos provided a chilling reminder of war. Definitely worth a visit to what is in effect another world!
Written February 26, 2023
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Anthony S
Brisbane, Australia1,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
With an interest in the Cold War this museum is a must visit.

Unfortunately there is only the bare bones and rooms left after most things were pilfered after the collapse of the Soviet Union but it is still worth the effort to visit.

There is an audio tour available which was very good but the volume was so low each person really needs their own and it was difficult to hear in the rooms with several people listening and lost of echos.

Regardless, it was well worth visiting.
Written June 27, 2024
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Beth N
Amersham, United Kingdom110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
A fairly bleak experience but glad we did it. Unfortunately we got lumped in with about 20 Americans who were on a fast=track tour, but we were able to stay on once they had gone and go round at a sensible pace. The guide was very diplomatic while showing us round and added some colour to the exhibits.
Written September 27, 2022
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TabathaSoltay
Ottawa, Canada377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is a great museum. The staff were very helpful and the self-guided audio tour made the experience informative and interesting. There is a lot to see here, so make sure you have time.

Lots of stairs, and some uneven surfaces add to the adventure. Crazy to think that just over 30 years ago this was a key strategic site during the cold war.
Written July 28, 2020
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JohnGlyndwrWilliams
Cape Town, South Africa31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Very well presented. Plenty of general Cold War stuff plus a missile launch silo. Audio visual - missiles, drills. Lots of once too secret US documents. Display of small arms - AK47, Uzzi, etc. Loved it.
Written August 5, 2022
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Jan-Eric B
Uddevalla, Sweden399 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
You’ll find this former Soviet Nuclear Missile Base (1963 – 1978) in the middle of the Žemaitijos National Park north of the small town Plungė faraway off the beaten tracks. Take the road 164 to the north from Plungė and after approximately 6 km you turn left into the National Park at the sign “Šaltojo Karo Muziejus”. Drive for another 6 km on the narrow asphalted road and turn then right at the next sign. Then is waiting a 5 km long graveled road that is more like a lot of bumps than a road and then you arrive at the Museum, so take it easy and be patient, because it is worth the strain. You can easily find the place on Google Maps Satellite mode with its characteristic four missile silos in a square formation in the middle of the park east of the big lake. It is not in the center of Plungė as the TA-map shows.
The exhibition is very instructive and the staff and the guides are helpful and very skillful and our guide was also good in English and most of the exhibition has also signs in English. They also have some handheld English audio guides. This is a very interesting travel through a dark part of our history. As teenager from Sweden during the early Cold War, I can still feel a cold shiver running down my back when I see this exhibition. I think that we had a very good reason to be afraid. This bunker with its 4 missile silos loaded with one SS-4 ballistic missile with a 2 Megaton nuclear warhead each was able to blow almost the whole Europe to hell in less than one hour. It was 24 hours red alert here during this terrible days. When you visiting the top of the silo you can see a lot of numbers around the top, every number representing a big city in Europe, e.g. 320 was Madrid, if I remember right. Many things have been stolen by souvenir hunters and copper thieves since the Red Army left, e.g. the several ton heavy main generator is gone and the distribution plants and signal boxes are just empty shells. I think that this museum is very important for the remembrance of those terrible days, especially for our young generation, so that this never will be forgotten and I can warmly recommend a visit.
Written September 2, 2014
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EastLondonKiwi
London, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
This place was a recommendation from a friend who has been before. As this was an actual working missile site during the cold war, it is hidden away in a forestry area within reach of Lake Plateliuez. The area is stunning so even if you are not into war history the drive to the location is worth the effort alone.

The most of your tour is well underground so you could visit here on a rainy day, but the walk from the car park to the ticket office, and then to the main entrance of the missile silo is all outside, so you would do better on a fine day.

The silo is over three levels so be prepared for stairs. They are not too steep, but there is a few sets to navigate. Anyone over 6 foot tall needs to take real care when passing through a number of the areas, like the blast doors, which are designed for much shorter people. The edges are painted in bright yellow, but if you happen to bump your head your going to know about it.

The exhibit covers much more than just this particular site, and offers explanations for key points of the cold war, and demonstrates various weaponry from around the world in use at the time. There are also a few tactile exhibits you can interact with directly.

All the posters used to explain exhibits are in multiple languages which is helpful. There is also an option for an audio guide (again in multiple languages), which I recommend if you do not speak either Russian or Lithuanian (which has the greatest detail in written form).

A nice safety feature is that the ticket office makes you sign in and out of a register (which includes your mobile number). if you happen to get lost within the bowels of the place (which unless you are extremely ignorant of the large painted arrows should be impossible), an attendant can contact you and come to your rescue.

One feature I found freaky was the wax people, they all look like they have radiation sickness and are far too real to be in a dark missile silo alone with me. One in particular I was expecting to be a real person ready to turn and scare the pants off me as I brushed past down a long corridor to the exit (I had been told stories about tour guides running off down corridors and switching off the lights to scare punters, which in this places probably caused a few heart attacks, and a few complaints).

All in all if you like big machinery and war stuff, this place is definitely for you. If you are a poor suffering wife being dragged along by an over enthusiastic husband, once you have made it through the exhibit (which is only about an hour or hour and a half at the maximum) there is plenty to do in the surrounding area, with little villages, cafes and lakes side stops.

I always ask myself the question "would I return here", as a gauge to how good I felt about a place. and this exhibit gets a definite Yes.
Written June 2, 2016
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