This very moving and powerful museum in the heart of Vilnius was established in 1992 as the Soviet Union collapsed. Despite its relative novelty, it has quickly become the most visited museum in the country.
The large building that houses the museum used to house the KGB and its predecessors during the Soviet era. For this reason, the museum is commonly referred to as the KGB Museum. Large parts of the exhibits are the rooms of the building themselves as you get to see an execution chamber, questioning rooms and various offices used by KGB officers.
While the chilling story of Lithuania's occupation and half a century of communist rule evokes strong feelings, it has also drawn widespread criticism for its portrayal of the period. With the term genocide referring to one-off examples of law enforcement and criminal punishment, albeit very severe and perhaps unjust, many countries and nationalities have expressed their disagreement over the generalisation of the term. Used worldwide to mean an extermination of people based on ethnic, national or religious principles, many condemn the Lithuanian definition as inappropriate.
Throughout the Year
Entry to Genocide Victims Museum
Genocido aukų muziejus