Ninth Fort
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • ilgrauls
    Vilvoorde, Belgium36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting, heart breaking
    I was interested in the communist monument because it looked cool. Turns out to be much larger than I realized and also the site of 50000 people killed but the nazi's. The actual fort has lots of rooms with the history of the fort, its use as a prison and then later a death camp. Also a section in French about one transport of 900 French Jews killed there. Quite interesting. Depressing? Well, yes that too.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Sandals246
    Myrniong, Australia384 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good.
    We took a tour with Olga as our guide and it was fantastic. Before the tour I was sceptical of how they could fill 2 hours, but in fact, time flew and we easily filled 2.5 hours. Olga was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. The fort itself was a bit of a failure in regards to what it was built for, and went on to have a gruesome use. The displays in the museum are very considered and tastefully presented. The tour was well worth the price. Thanks Olga!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • ilgrauls
    Vilvoorde, Belgium36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and depressing
    I went for the interesting communist monuments and I didn't realise there was a war and holocaust museum. Interesting expo about French deported Jews in French (I speak French as well). But it's a fairly big museum and it was a bit depressing obviously.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 7, 2023
  • ScottyT666
    London, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    English Guided Tour
    Been meaning to come here for a number of years as a avid historian and finally booked a two hour English tour today The tour guide was so informative and made the tour fun and interactive given some of the darker nature of the forts history. The holocaust part of the tour was particularly sad but needs to be remembered. The guided tour was well worth the money. You also get to access parts of the forts and tunnels not accessible to general access
    Thank you for visiting our museum. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the tour.
    Written April 12, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 3, 2024
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70ava
Beijing, China974 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Even though the main exhibition building is close, the staff moved part of the exhibits to the fort itself until the new building will complete renovations. It is an amazing and well presented exhibition and the location itself makes it all the more realistic. A must visit place
Written August 4, 2022
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gtsak
Vrilissia, Greece690 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This place is a must when visit kaunas.A fort-museum is very impressive and smells death...This is one more place that Nazi’s killed many people. You can spend many hours there walking around the park and visiting the fort museum.A great statue is there to remind us those very bad years.
Written October 25, 2020
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,725 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Went here on the bus from Kaunas. Make sure that you get the one that goes to the site. We did not, the other buss on the route stop short so Google maps was a god send. The site is historic and a must visit alongside the monunent.
Written December 5, 2021
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Audrey F
kirkcaldy,scotland511 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We went here by bus from Kaunas centre, hourly service. Very informative and tragic that this was used as a prison and execution place for Jews during the Occupation. The memorial is very significant and brings hope for the future, an amazing structure.
Written November 2, 2021
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SirTopper
Havant, UK112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
An interesting place, reminds me of Brest fortress quite a lot - some linked histories here.

Unfortunately, a lot does seem to be run down (of the park itself), but to be expected with anything Soviet in these times.

FYI - The buses are NOT frequent especially around lunchtime. Get a cab or wait for the next bus rather than walk, it’s a hike along the motorway!
Written June 4, 2022
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ilgrauls
Vilvoorde, Belgium36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I went for the interesting communist monuments and I didn't realise there was a war and holocaust museum. Interesting expo about French deported Jews in French (I speak French as well). But it's a fairly big museum and it was a bit depressing obviously.
Written November 8, 2023
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BDS62
Greenville, TX341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Fantastic experience and so much history to take in! Staff were really helpful and friendly explaining things to me. I did my own exploring and at my own pace. Really informative exhibits in each room. The outdoor sculpture is massive! Really worth taking the time to walk around and take it all in!
Written November 4, 2022
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Genady B
Haifa, Israel67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Visited April 22. We had booked the tour named "THE HISTORY OF THE NINTH FORT". Our guide was Olga. Very interesting tour that covers place history from Tzar till Holocaust. Olga showed deep knowledge of the subject and answered our questions beyond the tour content.
Written April 13, 2022
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ilgrauls
Vilvoorde, Belgium36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I was interested in the communist monument because it looked cool. Turns out to be much larger than I realized and also the site of 50000 people killed but the nazi's. The actual fort has lots of rooms with the history of the fort, its use as a prison and then later a death camp. Also a section in French about one transport of 900 French Jews killed there. Quite interesting. Depressing? Well, yes that too.
Written July 30, 2023
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snabjab
Brooklyn, NY23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Ninth Fort is an essential stop for anyone visiting Kaunas with an interest in the Holocaust and/or Lithuanian history. The Soviet built museum had had a makeover in terms of content and the recently done exhibits have many interesting artifacts on display (and, importantly, descriptions in English). The focus of the main museum building is on the suffering of Lithuanians (and Lithuanian nationalists in particular) at the hands of the Russians. The comparatively short section on the Holocaust (bear in mind that here I am referring to the main museum building) does not do justice to that period of Lithuanian history. Of course the subject is always a challenging one and the surrounding exhibits' focus on Lithuanian victimhood makes for a difficult intersection with the the history of the Holocaust (considering the participation of Lithuanian antisemitic nationalists). In any case, artifacts from the Germans' Lithuanian Jewish victims and the Russians' victims put the groups' suffering in human terms. The second part of the museum is housed in the fort itself and the focus of most of the various exhibits is the Holocaust. The exhibits do an excellent job of conveying the horror. The history of the Ninth Fort also lends itself well to investigating the international scope of the Holocaust; French and German Jews murdered here have special sections devoted to their stories. Those interested in looking at every exhibit in great detail could easily spend 2-3 hours at the site. The grounds don't offer much beyond the gigantic monument as there is not much left of the fort apart from the building housing the second part of the museum. Beware: the Ninth Fort is challenging to find. This is partly because none of the official sites offer directions, and partly just because of it's awkward location amidst a highway interchange. In any case, do not make my mistake and assume it will be easy to find without having the proper directions or a map which actually includes the Ninth Fort (the maps included with In Your Pocket Kaunas do not). If you call, as I did, the museum personnel will tell you in their very basic English to take the 23 or 35 bus to the 9th fort museum bus stop. The buses I was on all had displays indicating which stop you're at, making this the easy part. The challenge is finding the museum once you're there. To do so, cross the street (assuming you got off the bus coming from the center of town rather than the outside of town) and walk back in the direction you came from. You won't walk far before you're back at the crazy highway interchange that you passed through while on the bus. The road continues straight ahead underneath an overpass, but you should instead follow alongside the road which turns off to your right (it is a ramp onto a major highway and there is no sidewalk, so be smarter than me by looking at the satellite photo to find out how to do this without walking next to the highway). A few hundred feet later you're get to a set of stairs taking you to a tunnel which takes you underneath the highway straight to the museum. I would strongly advise looking at the satellite photos on Google Maps ahead of time if you want to find it with no doubts about where you're headed. I have found Lithuanians to be exceptionally friendly and helpful in general but you can't count on them having the English necessary to give difficult directions. To locate the site with a satellite image, locate the confluence of the Neris and Nemunas at the center of town and then look directly north a ways for the snarling mess of a traffic interchange. The fort is just northwest of this spot and the bus will drop you off on Vandziogalos gatve in Sargenai. No signs there will indicate where to go and the woman with surprisingly excellent English selling fruit not 500 meters from the museum (and DIRECTLY at the 9th fort museum bus stop!!!!!!) may assume you're thinking of the fort two bus stops in the direction you came from and send you there (even if you show her a sheet of paper with the name of the fort written in Lithuanian).
Written May 18, 2008
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