Valstybinis Vilniaus Gaono žydų muziejus

  • Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum
  • דער ווילנער גאון מלוכהשער יידישער מוזיי


The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum is dedicated to the historical and cultural heritage of Lithuanian Jewry. The museum was established in 1989 by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. Over the course of the following years, its exhibition items, many from earlier Jewish museums in Lithuania, were brought together. It received its current name in 1997, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the death of the Talmudic scholar Vilna Gaon.

Archival and Other Holdings

The three main parts of the collection include items from the pre-war Vilnius museum, items from the pre-war historic ethnographic Kaunas museum (both preserved by various Lithuanian museums), and items acquired by the contemporary museum since its inception. The collection includes: ritual objects, and everyday items used or produced by Lithuanian Jews; Jewish documentation - books, letters, posters, cigarette packet pieces with hand written notes, some copies of Ghetto diaries, seals of various organizations, translations, periodicals, proclamations, archival material from the former the USSR; art works by prewar artists B. Michtom, S. Efron, M. Katz, L. Mergashilski, E. Lurje. Also contemporary pieces by A. Jacovskis, B. Bindler, M. Percov, H. Skliutauskaitė, M. Levitan-Babianskienė, and others.

In the preparation of the Holocaust Exhibition, the museum has collected copies from various archives in Lithuania (Lithuanian State Central Archive, Lithuanian Special Archive) and abroad (Russia, Germany, Estonia, Poland, Israel). These copy collections are available for research in the Holocaust Exbition's collections of the copies (HE).

Opening Times

Opening times:

Tolerance Centre:

Monday – Thursday 10–18; Friday 10–16; Saturday Closed; Sunday 10–16

Holocaust Exhibition:

Monday – Thursday 9–17; Friday 9–16; Saturday Closed; Sunday 10–16

Memorial Museum of Paneriai:

Monday Closed; Thursday – Sunday 9–17

Dates of Creation and Deletion

2013-12-29 JL


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