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“Heartbreaking, but a place of learning” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum

Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum
Ranked #42 of 204 things to do in Vilnius
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Aberdeen, Maryland
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“Heartbreaking, but a place of learning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2012

As a museum professional I was profoundly impressed by the quality of the installations and the didactic structures. As a person, I was left shattered by the sorrow. The museum focuses on the Lithuanian Jewish community and focuses on the specific (stories of the children who survived) and the general (history of Jews in Lithuania, the nature of antisemitism, etc.) My husband (the son of immigrant Lithuanian Catholics) found many answers to his questions about the antisemitism he heard from his parents, the context of the genocide, and more. The quiet, calm tone of the labels, the dispassionate recounting of facts, did more than the most emotional, dramatic language could ever do in helping the visitor understand what happened and why it matters.

Visited May 2012
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“Moving and meaningful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2012

If you are Jewish and visiting Vilnius or its environs, you must see this museum. Even if you are not Jewish, you will learn much about Jewish life in Vilna before and during the Holocaust. The "Green House" is a very small place, but if you are lucky, Rachel Kostanian (the director) will guide you from room to room with extensive explanations and stories about the contents of the museum.

Visited June 2011
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