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KGB Museum (Genocido Auku Muziejus)
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Fascinating insight into Soviet times. The cells were quite confronting. We were there in a relatively mild November (but still very cold!), so it was easy to imagine the hardship faced by the prisoners.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An interesting exposition, not that big, but certainly worth a visit so to never forget the horrors of the past. Take your time

Thank JanV5113
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were a little rushed as we had made a booking with an escape room, but there was lots to see and experience. It was thought provoking as it doesn't seem that far back in history that the atrocities took place and there was a definite atmosphere to the place.

1  Thank Julie A
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Particularly the prison got to me, but also the KGB rooms upstairs, where you can still see the spy rooms (for listening into phone calls for example). I certainly recommend visiting this when in Vilnius. And then take a very looooong break with good food and strong coffee to recover from all you've seen. Important though.

Thank Gevleugeld
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have visited a similar museum in Riga so expected to be less disturbed by this one. Not that I am suggesting that Lithuanians suffered any less – merely that I already had some insight.

I was wrong. This is a very disturbing view of life in Lithuania under Soviet rule. The museum covers most aspects of the occupation from admin to surveillance to arrest to execution.

The prison is horrendous, particularly the holding and solitary confinement cells.

The video in the execution room is graphic but really hammers home what went on there and the atrocities of Soviet rule.

I still find it incredible to believe that all of this went on in such (relatively) recent times.

Although not a fun place to visit – go there and quietly reflect upon the sufferings of Lithuanian people and how privileged you are.

1  Thank mike2016852
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Reviewed 1 week ago

And it is also is hard to review...yes, we went to see and learn; we walked away with sad reflection in how horrible war truly is. Such a beautiful city and to be in the execution chamber where 1,200 humans were killed just doesn't go away in your thoughts. Can't say I honestly recommend visiting the museum as it is not for the faint of heart. At the same time, you just don't want to let the memory of these people's sacrifice evaporate.

Thank Alexa8776
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum located close to the city centre reveils in a very honest way, the history of the period when Lithuania was occupied by the Russians.
It tells the story of surpression and corruption in a very fact-based way.
And the fact that you are walking through the same building and on the same floors where all this happened shakes your soul. Especially the execution chamber in the basement is chilling!
My rating reflects the fact, that even though a lot of effort has been laid in translating the texts, quite a lot of the texts are not translated. But maybe these are all explained if you use the audio-guide, which I did not.

Thank Claus S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interesting museum, top floors consist of many rooms with lots of information inside, basement area is the old prison, with original cells, outdoor areas and execution chamber. Not for the faint hearted! Some bits distressing to see but important to know the history of this era! Very similar to KGB building in Riga.

Thank castigergirl
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was the site of indoctrination, torture and execution. It was closed on both the Tuesday and Thursday when we tried to visit.
A hint of what it contains is shown on the many helpful posters on the railings outside detailing the (mainly political) victims.
It seems that all the signatories of the 1918 declaration of independence were killed sooner or later or died as a result of torture .
There is a large sombre square opposite where stood a statue of Lenin

(Found out later that the Thursday closure was due to a bank holiday).

Thank lizandianp
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Reviewed 1 week ago

anyone with an interest in political history, how Man can react to his fellow Man, and bravery...should visit this place. Awful things happened here during the Soviet occupation that should never be forgotten. Simple, stark and it gets a message over just how cruel and sadistic some regimes can be...sad but worth a visit

Thank GrossBruder1984
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