Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, Vilnius: Hours, Address, Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 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 - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland24,306 contributions
Sep 2020
This place is also called the Tolerance Center. There are many different art exhibitions and one exhibition about Jewish life in Lithuania.

In Samuel Bak Museum, you can see paintings of Samuel Bak. He is an American painter and writer who was born in Vilnius in 1933 and survived the Holocaust.
Written September 8, 2020
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Petra T
Helsinki, Finland14 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
It was very interesting (also sad) to learn about the Jewish community that once bloomed in Lithuania. I especially enjoyed the paintings of Samuel Bak. Here you can buy an entrance ticket also to the Holocaust exhibition (located about a 15 minute walk away), and pay 5 euros in total (adult), for this museum and the holocaust exhibition.
Written July 14, 2020
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2,545 contributions
Oct 2019
Named for the foremost non-Hasidic religious leader of his time, the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum includes several locations – the Tolerance Center, the Holocaust Exposition (nearby), and the Memorial at Paneriai. This review covers the Tolerance Center which includes Judaica, historical exhibits and art galleries.

The museum has something for everyone. We particularly enjoyed the section on the history of Jewish life in Lithuania illustrated with paintings and photographs accompanying very informative and well-written text. The exhibit of Bartosz Fratczak’s photographs of the remaining traces of vanished Jewish communities in Lithuania’s more rural localities evokes these lost worlds with exquisite and tragic black and white photographs and captions.

The most revelatory section was certainly the exhibit of the paintings of Samuel Bak, a Vilnius-born artist, who held is first exhibit as a nine-year-old in the Vilnius Ghetto. His paintings display very fine brush technique and a powerful eye for detail in horrific and beautiful scenes. A number of the paintings have a surreal, almost Dali-esque sensibility, but without the preciousness and lack of emotional resonance that those terms imply. Samuel Bak’s work is as deeply emotional and profoundly thought provoking as it is magnificently rendered. Take your time with his paintings. They draw you in and as you look, you see layers of detail reminiscent of the finest early Renaissance paintings with their subjects in the foreground and narrative details embedded in the background. Be sure to watch the video about his life and work and how his life, including how he survived the Holocaust, illuminates his work.

If you like to walk, the route from the Choral Synagogue to the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum and then to the Holocaust Exhibition (The Green House), will give you an informative and moving introduction to Jewish life in Lithuania past and present. The total walking time, one-way at a relaxed pace, is under half an hour.
Written March 29, 2020
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ghmarcus
Cabin John, MD4 contributions
Oct 2019
A very wide-ranging and thoughtful exhibit of the Jewish history of Vilnius. I really, enjoyed it thoroughly.
Written November 22, 2019
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Thank you for the review, we will be waiting for you to come back!
Written December 19, 2019
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celebrationtiger
Alexandria, VA478 contributions
Nov 2019
Roughly half the people in Vilnius were Jewish before WWII. Almost all perished!!! The museum reflects a low budget, but the posters are well done and the family pictures and stories well told.
Ninety percent of all Jews in Lithuania were killed most often by shooting or burning as the concentration camps required transport.
A visit to the local forests where most of this took place is unnerving.
Written November 6, 2019
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Thank you for your interest and the review!
Written December 19, 2019
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PIPSAUCER
Rainham10 contributions
Oct 2019
Very good photo exhibition and exhibition of artist Samuel Bak as well as touching section on the jewish children who lost their lives in the Velnius Ghetto. Well worth a visit if interested in history and art, so glad I went. Highly recommended .
Written October 11, 2019
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Thank you for the review and we are waiting for you to come back with your friends!
Written December 19, 2019
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jablonski
9 contributions
Aug 2019
Take your time, enjoy the paintings, listen to video interviews and learn more about this great Vilnius born artist. See the ways in which a Jewish Holocaust survivor depicts images of war and contemporary culture.

Bak studied painting in Munich, emigrating to Israel in 1948. There he studied at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, later studied and lived in Paris, New York, and Lausanne. The artist’s works have been exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum, the Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, and the Bezalel Museum in Jerusalem. S. Bak currently lives in Boston.
Visiting this part of a museum was a memorable experience.

Museum is free of charge every last Sunday of the month.
Written October 10, 2019
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Thank you for such a good review, we hope to see you again in our Museum, as we have received 50 more artworks of Samuel Bak!
Written December 19, 2019
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Chris T
Market Rasen, UK109 contributions
Sep 2019
Even though the story is told many times in many places it is none the less such a moving experience. This Museum tells the story from a Lithuanian perspective and in particular via the testimony of hollocaust survivors who were children at the time. Well worth the effort of finding the place and spending time there.
Written September 17, 2019
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Thank you for such a good review!
Written December 19, 2019
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Uldis V
Jurmala, Latvia134 contributions
Sep 2019
Museum is easy to access and very modern inside so there is no concern about narrow and overcrowded interiors. From other side museum presents unique artwork collection. This must be one of most impressive gallery of pictures very close to that of Mark Rotko in Daugavpils (of course this is not abstract but more sirrealistic). Also great information is provided about Jewish history in Lithuania.
Written September 10, 2019
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Thank you for the review and we will be waiting for you to come back!
Written December 19, 2019
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gisUk
uk271 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
A very interesting museum telling the tragic story of the Jews in Lithuania. The destruction of the Lithuanian Jewish, which was apparently quite a unique Jewish community is a story that needs to continue to be told. Visitors can judge whether Lithuania has really dealt with its history of nazi collaboration and antisemitism.

Deserves a far bigger museum would be my one criticism
Written September 3, 2019
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Thank you for the review and visiting our Museum. You are right, there is a big history and culture which needs way bigger place, and we are working on it - in 2022 we are going to open a new exposition site, called "Museum of Culture and Identity of Lithuanian Jews" (Pylimo str. 4, Vilnius). The mission of a new exposition site is to reveal the unique phenomena of the Lithuanian Jewish education, culture and art as well as the contribution of the Jewish emigrants from Lithuanian towns and shtetls to the progress of the world culture and science in an attractive and modern way. We hope to see you in a few years in our new and bigger branch!
Written December 19, 2019
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