Address: Veiverių g. 132, LT-46338, Kaunas.
Tel.: (+370 ~ 37) 29 55 47, (+370 ~ 37) 39 03 57.
Fax (+370 ~ 37) 29 55 47.
Director – Remigijus Jankauskas.
Monday to Saturday 9–17.
Adults – 4 Lt;
Pupils, students, pensioners – 2 Lt.
charge – 10 Lt.
Stocks of the museum contain 18 000 displays of different fields of
technology (2007). The major part of them are monuments of the history of
aviation of Lithuania. 40 flying machines are among them.
After signing an agreement on co-operation with the militarized
fire-prevention unit of Kaunas on March 4, 1997, displays representing the
history of fire fighting in Lithuania started being collected as well.
18 000 publications are stored in the library of the museum (2007).
“Lithuanian Aviation from
birth to nowadays”
The visitors are shown 220 photographs reflecting development of the
Lithuanian aviation from its birth to nowadays. In the center of hall the
collection displays propellers of first airplanes of the air club and of the
Lithuanian military aviation including ANBO designed by gen. A. Gustaitis.
You may see 4 flying apparatus in the exposition. Beside them are lined
aviation engines used in various periods. In the halls are demonstrated
models of airplanes, flyers, gliders and helicopters of various times.
Cultural, educational activity
The museum’s publishing house “Steel Wings” publishes literature on the
history of Lithuanian aviation.
Publishing house of the museum “Plieno sparnai” (Steel wings) has published
6 booklets of chronicles of the museum, aviators’ memoirs, monographs,
ethnographic studies) majority of which are on the history of the aviation
The museum corresponds and exchanges publications with aviation museums,
historians, and editorial offices of periodicals in different countries of
At the end of 1999 the album of photographs kept at the Museum was published
under the name “Lithuanian Military Aviation in years from 1919 to 1940”.
Department of the History of Aviation;
Department of Protection and Registration of the Stock;
Department of Memorial Expositions;
Department of Public Relations and Publication.
of Steponas Darius
Address: Dariaus kaimas, Judrėnų seniūnija, LT-96292 Klaipėdos rajonas.
Tel. (+370 ~ 46) 31 97 67.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9–17.
A memorial exhibition in the Rubiskes farmstead (now the Darius village)
where Steponas Darius (Steponas Jucevicius) was born 1896 and spent his
childhood. He graduated from the Kaunas military school and served in
Lithuanian war aviation.
In 1927 he left for the USA where he came to an agreement with Stasys
Girenas to fly to Lithuania across the Atlantic. With donations from
American Lithuanians they bought an aeroplane which they named the “Lituanica”,
reconstructed it and in 1933 left New York for Lithuania. After crossing the
Atlantic, “Lithuania” crashed in a forest near Soldin (now Mysliborz,
Poland) and they perished. According to the precision of their flight they
were first in the world, the second according to the long distance flying
record of that time and the forth according to the time spent in the area.
Stasys Girėnas Birthplace
Vytogala, Upynos seniūnija, LT-75241 Šilalės rajonas.
Tel.: (+370 ~ 449) 46 626, (+370 ~ 449) 46 798.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9–17.
A memorial exposition in the Vytogala village, the birthplace of Stasys
Girėnas (Stanislovas Girskis, 1893–1933). He served in the US airborne
squadron, attended a flying school and became an experienced pilot.
In 1927 he met Steponas Darius, they together prepared to fly the “Lituanica”,
crossed the Atlantic in 1933 and perished near Soldin.
The aviators are buried in Kaunas.
History of the Museum
The Lithuanian Aviation Museum formerly known as the Lithuanian Technical
Museum was founded on February 19, 1990, on the base of the Vytautas the
Great Military Museum section of Technical History. It acquired its present
name on February 1, 1995.
Its director is Algis Lapinskas. The museum is within the jurisdiction of
the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture and its located in Kaunas, Lithuania at
the Darius and Girenas airfield, which has been in operation since 1915.
The museum was started establishing in 1982 when a senior research worker
was employed by Kaunas State Museum of History. He was charged to collect
articles of the history of technology.
In 1983 a sector of the history of technology was established in the museum,
in 1985 it was reorganized into a division.
In 1985-1987 the division of the history of technology organized 3
conferences on the history of technology in Lithuania, printed theses of
In 1989-1990 the division took over a part of displays of the Museum of
Sport Aviation which had functioned in Kaunas in 1983-1989.
On March 21, 1990 buildings owned by the United Aviation Crew of Kaunas in
132 Veiverių St. were transmitted to the division of the history of
On February 19, 1990 on the basis of the division of the history of
technology of Vytautas Magnus Military Museum Lithuanian Museum of
Technology was established by order of the Minister of Culture.
On March 6, 1991 a publishing house “Plieno sparnai” (Steel wings) was
In summer 1991 the museum took over transatlantic pilots’ S. Darius and S.
Girenas homesteads in Klaipeda and Silale regions restored by Lithuanian
Cultural Foundation and veterans of aviation.
On February 2, 1995 the museum was named Lithuanian Aviation Museum.
Founder of the museum – Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.
Vytogala is the native village of Stasys Girėnas (1893–1933), an aviator and
transatlantic flight pioneer.
Stasys Girėnas and Steponas Darius, both born in Žemaitija, met in the USA,
where they had the idea of flying non-stop from new York to Kaunas, then the
capital of Lithuania.
On 15 July 1933 they left new York, but were killed in a crash in strange
circumstances only 650 kilometers short of Kaunas, on the territory of nazi
Germany (now Soldin, Poland).
The distance (6411-km) they flew was the world’s second longest distance
non-stop. They crossed the Atlantic under adverse conditions. With only
primitive navigation equipment, they flew very precisely. In the history of
aviation their flight ranks among the most precise by navigation standards.
Girenas was the 16th child in a poor farmer’s family. Orphaned in their
childhood, he and his brother immigrated to the USA where he became a
His parents’ house has been restored and is now a museum. One-end houses an
exhibition devoted to the pilot and his village; in the other is a rich