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Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History
Vilniaus Gaono Žydų Istorijos Muziejus



Museum of Culture and Identity of Lithuanian Jews

The Museum of Culture and Identity of Lithuanian Jews opens on 18th of January. The largest branch of the Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History is located at Pylimo Str. 4A, in the former Jewish Gymnasium Tarbut building. 
It is the first museum in the country to present Lithuanian Jewish history, culture, customs and different scenes of everyday life in such a diverse and comprehensive way. 
The top floor houses the museum of Rafael Chwoles, one of the most famous Lithuanian Jewish artists of the 20th century. 
Other world-famous Litvaks who were born, lived in or are connected to Lithuania are also featured. Among them are Nobel laureates Aaron Klug and Bernard Lown, artists Mark Antokolski, Jacques Lipchitz, Neemija Arbitblatas, Hollywood stars Ruth Roman, Al Jolson and Laurence Harvey.
The four-storey building houses 17 modern design exhibitions (the project was designed by the architectural bureau Processoffice, chief architect Vytautas Biekša). Visitors are not only shown authentic exhibits, but also have the opportunity to interactively engage with the history of Lithuanian Jews.
The ground floor of the building is dedicated to welcoming and serving visitors, and also houses a hall for educational activities. The museum's exhibitions are spread over the other three floors.
The first floor of the exhibition is devoted to important events and phenomena that have shaped Lithuanian Jewish culture and identity and everyday life: the historical context, Judaism, life in the shtetl, Jewish language and other important aspects that determined life of the Jewish community.
The second floor of the exhibition is dedicated to Lithuanian Jewish creative endeavours and secular culture: literature, music, theatre and art. We also invite visitors to listen to stories told by Lithuanian Jews about their or their family members` relationship with their homeland and to reflect on the factors that shaped Lithuanian Jewish identity.
The third floor of the building hosts the museum of Rafael Chwoles, an artist from Vilnius. Through the story of one person`s life, we tell about the complex events of the first half of the 20th century and the influence that they had on the destiny of so many.
The history of Lithuanian Jews, their work and achievements are important not only in Lithuania: the Jews who emigrated to various corners of the world contributed to science, culture and politics in their newly discovered homes. Therefore, this museum is important not only for our visitors from Lithuania, but also for our guests from many countries around the world. 
You can contribute to the establishment of the museum, too: if your family comes from Lithuania, and you have stories you would like to share, write to us at: aivaras.poska@jmuseum.lt
We invite you to contribute to the establishment of interactive and engaging exhibition by supporting the project: https://bit.ly/3oCG07i 

Information about the beneficiary:
Vilna Gaon Museum of Jewish History
Code of the legal entity: 190757374
Address: Naugarduko St. 10/2, Vilnius, LT-01309
Settling account number: 417044060001122232, AB SEB bank
Please indicate that the purpose of your payment is a donation to the Culture Museum of the Lithuanian Jews.

More information:
+370 5231 2357
+370 623 57560


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