The Museum of GenocideVictims (KGB Museum)

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jl_ghs316 jl_ghs316
68 reviews
Macabre museum on KGB and its victims Sep 05, 2012
This was the last of the Baltic museums on the Soviet occupation that I visited. This museum was mainly about the KGB and its prisoners. The museum is in the headquarters of the KGB in Vilnius and you can walk through many former jail cells, torture rooms, execution rooms, and isolation cells. According to the tour, there were not as many executions here after Stalin died, but I still would not have wanted to have been detained here. It was still used as an apparatus of the brutal rule of the USSR.

The museum displays were very informative about the KGB and gave a good idea (as much as can be given without experiencing it) of what life under Soviet rule was like. I think that seeing the different torture cells and execution chamber was just as informative as the displays though. It was definitely not a light-hearted museum, but it really couldn't be given the subject.
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criirsara criirsara
5 reviews
The museum of genocide victims Aug 07, 2011
well, for me it was very touching, as I knew something of this part of Lithuanian history, but not so much.

So, having to see all those imagines of people deported, killed, was emotional for me, as well as to see the jail, execution chambers, and also seeing how Kgb worked was quite interesting for me. Awful what human being is able to do, and stunning to see how Lithuanians were able to stand all that.

I suggest to all people to visit this museum, it's very well made, good descriptins and everybody can learn a lot out of it.
138 reviews
Jul 21, 2007
This is a former prison of the KGB, and has been kept pretty much in its original form. Its got lots of information, and lots of original uniforms etc, are displayed in glass cabinets. Go downstairs to the cells, and see how prisoners were kept, and also see the very scary looking Padded Cell, as well as the water torture cells, a truly chilling experience, but very interesting nevertheless. Costs Lt4 to get in and its ope 1000 - 1700 during the week and 1000-1500 on Sundays.

Note that not all of the cells where in their current state, but some where reconstructed after the stories of the old inmates.

Take the guided tour.. You get a lot of local history from one of the guys who had his father murdered by the soviets during the partisan war.

I've edited these pictures in Photoshop to make them better, because words isnt enough to describe this place. The cells are smaller than what the pictures would indicate because i used a 10mm Wide Angle lens. You should see the description on the pictures as well.
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NotMyBestShot NotMyBes…
2 reviews
Jun 16, 2007
A sobering but essential experience. The KGB museum is all the more potent when you view it in light of it's very recent history. It was finally closed down less than twenty years ago. The museum itself is combined with the actual prison and cells which are open to the public... A really affecting experience. There is an audio guide to explain facts and stories as you walk around. Well worth a visit.
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portia portia
216 reviews
Jul 22, 2006
The museum of genocide victims (also known as the KGB museum) was opened in 1992 in what used to be the headquarters of the KGB in Vilnius. The main part of the exhibition is the former KGB prison in the basement. It was set up in 1940 shortly after the Soviet Union occupied Lithuania. The prison remains as it was in 1991 when the KGB moved out after Lithuania became independent from the collapsing USSR. There were prison cells, guard's rooms, as well as an execution room and an exercise yard. It's a grim place where many people were interrogated, confined and killed during the 50+ years of its existence. The names of the victims were carved on granite stones of the foundation of the building which you can see before entering the museum.
Sign at the entrance
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One of the prison cells
The padded cell
CFD says:
This is a "must see" if you are in lithuania. The exibition is really great. You will learn more in 1hour than you do in 1month in a normal classroom.
Posted on: Aug 07, 2006

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