Vilkaviškis Area Museum in the Paežeriai Minor
Address: Paežeriai, LT-70372, Alvito paštas, Vilkaviškio rajonas.
Tel.: (+370 ~ 342) 46 399, (+370 ~ 342) 46 268.
Director – Antanas Žilinskas.
Information for Visitor
Monday to Thursday 8.00–17.00;
to the Vilkaviškis Area Museum and the Dr. Vincas Kudirka
adults– 2 Lt (0,58 €);
pupils, students – 1 Lt (0,29 €).
Admission to the tower:
adults – 4 Lt (1,16 €);
pupils, students – 2 Lt (0,58 €).
Admission is free for the:
preschool age children (with parents);
people with disabilities;
1 hour tour at the museum or to other places of the region – 10 Lt (2,90 €).
Additional services (shooting movies or
taking pictures of museum’s exhibits, except for the representational
Taking pictures of single exhibit – 10 Lt (2,90 €);
Taking pictures of the collection – 50 Lt (14,48 €);
Filming and taking of pictures in the exposition – 30 Lt (8,69 Lt);
Copying photographs and documents of museum collection (A4) – 2 Lt (0,58 €);
Publications or other products – price on request.
The museum contains numismatics and archaeological collections, documents,
maps, calendars, photographs, antique household articles, and works by folk
Valuables of the nature of the land (geology, flora and fauna), archaeology,
history, ethno-culture, fine and applied arts, folk art, memorial material
on famous people of the land and its emigrants are accumulated and kept in
Collections of calendars, philately, textbooks, numismatics are being
According to their type valuables of the museum are classified into 12
groups and 72 subgroups. Those are archaeological finds, natural objects,
documents, valuable things, photo-documentary material, numismatics,
bonistique, philately and philocarty, the written language, works of art,
posters and film archives, photo-archives.
Here one can take a look at the furniture and household items of
seklyčia (guestroom of peasant house) of Suvalkija region. Exhibition
of M. B. Stankunienė’s, an artist and patron of the museum, donated
collection is set up in three rooms. Her personal items, examples of
artworks, travel souvenirs, and exile relics of her mother are displayed
here. Children can enjoy interesting portrait dolls. After exploring
exhibitions, visitors can climb up the tower of Belvedere and admire
surroundings of Paežeriai, Alvita and Vilkaviškis from the top.
Occasional, historical, thematic, ethnographic, personal, memorial,
literary, folk art exhibitions and exhibitions from the collections are
organized in the museum.
Cultural, educational activity
Education programmes for children, school pupils, youth;
"Festival of Sudovian Crafts" which already become a tradition;
Organization of commemoration of historical anniversaries;
Organization of jubilees of famous people of the land;
Organization of the date of the establishment of the museum;
Organization of the celebration of the International Museum Day;
The museum is visited by participants of "spring of the Poetry" every year;
Events of the Days of the European Heritage have been held in Paezeriai
estate palace and the park since 1997;
Paežerių kaimas, Pilviškiai, Vilkaviškio rajonas.
Tel.: (+370 ~ 342) 46 399, (+370 ~ 342) 46 268.
Visits by arrangement.
In 1965 teacher Stasys Ankevičius established a public museum at the
homestead of Dr. Vincas Kudirka. Vincas Kudirka (1858-1899) was a leader of
Lithuanian national movement, editor of newspaper "Bell", author of
Lithuanian national anthem, writer, publicist, translator, and doctor. His
life and activities is reflected at the exposition. At the second floor
household items of Paežeriai area are exhibited.
V. Kudirka (December 31, 1858 in Paežeriai – November 16, 1899 in Naumiestis).
One of the ideologists of the Lithuanian national movement, the writer of
the Lithuanian national anthem. In 1889-1905 he organized the publication of
Varpas (The Bell), a prohibited newspaper in Lithuanian. He guided the
ideological contents of the newspaper, and edited it occasionally. One of
the initiators of Lithuanian realistic satire, and civic and national
poetry. He wrote works of prose and poetry, publicistic and critical
articles, did translations, collected data on folklore, and arranged music.
Civic and national themes prevail in his works which criticize the
Russification policy conducted by the Russian authorities of that time,
propagate the ideals of democracy, condemn political despotism, and arouse
Lithuanian national consciousness. Besides, he was one of the most famous
Lithuanian translators at the end of the XIX c. (he translated Cain by
George Byron, The Maid of Orleans and Wilhelm Tell by Friedrich Schiller,
Mindaugas by Juliusz Slowacki, and All Souls' Day by Adam Mickiewicz).
(From: Acquaintance with Lithuania. Book of the Millennium.-Volume