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Lithuanian integral museum
information system (LIMIS)
Lietuvos nacionalinis muziejus
National Museum of
Lithuania

The New Arsenal. Photo:
T. Kapočius

The Old Arsenal. Photo:
T. Kapočius

National Museum of
Lithuania. Photo:
Laimutė
Strolytė
(2008)

The Signatories House.
Photo: T. Kapočius

View of the Gediminas
Castle Tower in October
2008. Photo: Laimutė
Strolytė

The Bastion of Vilnius
Defence Wall. Photo:
T. Kapočius

The Bastion of Vilnius
Defence Wall. Photo:
T. Kapočius

Gediminas Castle Tower.
Photo: Justinas Lingis

The Memorial Farmstead of
Dr. Jonas Šliūpas

The Museum of Dr. Vincas
Kudirka
Stuba iš kiemo pusės  
Jonas Basanavičius
Birthplace

national Museum of lithuania

Contacts
Address: Arsenalo g. 1, LT-01143, Vilnius.
Tel.: (+3708 ~ 5) 262 77 74, (+370 ~ 5) 262 94 26.
Fax (+370 ~ 5) 261 10 23.
E-mail: muziejus[at]lnm.lt
http://www.lnm.lt/
Director – Birutė Kulnytė.

Information for Visitor

Opening hours:
The New Arsenal, The Old Arsenal:
1 May – 30 September: Tuesday – Saturday 10–17; Sunday 10–15;
1 October – 30 April: Wednesday – Sunday 10–17.
Gediminas Castle Tower:
1 May – 30 September: daily 10–19;
1 October – 30 April: daily 10–17.
Kazys Varnelis House-Museum:
Tuesday – Saturday 10–16.
The Signatories House:
1 May – 30 September: Tuesday – Saturday 10–17;
1 October – 30 April: Tuesday – Saturday 10–17 val.
The Bastion of Vilnius Defence Wall:
closed for reconstruction.
The Memorial Farmstead of Dr. Jonas Šliūpas:
1 June – 31 August: daily 12–19;
1 September – 31 May: Tuesday – Saturday 10–17; Sunday 10–15.
The Museum of Dr. Vincas Kudirka:
1 May – 30 September: Tuesday – Saturday 10–17; Sunday 10–15;
1 October – 30 April: Tuesday – Saturday 10–18.
Jonas Basanavičius Birthplace:
May – September: Monday – Friday 9–18, Saturday 10–18, Sunday 10–15.
October – April: Tuesday – Saturday 10–17. 

Admission:
The New Arsenal, The Old Arsenal:
adults – 5 Lt;
pupils, students and OAP – 2 Lt;
child under 7, disabled – free.
Gediminas Castle Tower:
adults – 7 Lt;
pupils – 3,5 Lt.
Funicular to Gediminas Hill:
Up and down 5 LTL,
Up or down 3,50 LTL.
Kazys Varnelis House-Museum:
free of charge.
The Signatories House:
free of charge.
The Memorial Farmstead of Dr. Jonas Šliūpas:
admission charge – 2 Lt;
child under 7, disabled – free.
The Museum of Dr. Vincas Kudirka:
admission charge – 2 Lt;
child under 7, disabled – free.
Jonas Basanavičius Birthplace:
admission charge – 2 Lt.

Guided tours:
lithuanian language – 20–25 Lt;
foreign language 20–50 Lt.

Departments
Department of Archaeology. Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 261 00 30. E-mail: archeologijalnm.lt 
Department of Ethnography. Tel. (+370 ~ 5 261 62 44. E-mail: etnografijalnm.lt 
Department of Iconography. Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 212 03 49. E-mail: ikonografijalnm.lt 
Department of History. Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 212 28 21. E-mail: istorijalnm.lt 
Sector of Latest History. Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 260 96 58. E-mail: istorijalnm.lt 
Department of Numismatic. Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 212 02 50. E-mail: numizmatikalnm.lt 
Department of Information and Education. Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 262 9426. E-mail: infolnm.lt 
Department for Displays Registration and Preservation. Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 212 66 87.
Department of Restoration. Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 262 89 34. E-mail: restauravimaslnm.lt 
Department of Publishing. Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 212 02 65.
Archives and Library. Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 212 02 58. E-mail: bibliotekalnm.lt 
Photo-studio. Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 261 81 44.

Expositions

The Old Arsenal
Address: Arsenalo g. 3, LT-01143 Vilnius.
Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 212 24 52.
More information >

The New Arsenal
Address: Arsenalo g. 1, LT-01143, Vilnius.
Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 262 94 26.
More information >

Gediminas Castle Tower
Address: Arsenalo g. 5, LT-01143 Vilnius.
Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 261 74 53.
E-mail pilis[at]lnm.lt
Opening hours: 1 May – 30 September: daily 10–19; 1 October – 30 April: daily 10–17.
Admission: adults – 7 Lt;
pupils and OAP – 3,5 Lt.
Guided tour: lithuanian language – 30 Lt; foreign language – 50 Lt.
In the exposition there are on display the reconstruction models of Vilnius castles of the 14th-17th centuries, arms, iconography material. The tower has a sightseeing platform: from there visitors are welcome to enjoy the panorama of the city.

The Signatories House
Address: Pilies g. 26, LT-01123, Vilnius.
Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 231 44 37.
E-mail: signataru.namailnm.lt
More information >

Kazys Varnelis House-Museum
Address: Didžioji g. 26, LT-01128 Vilnius.
Tel. (+370 ~ 5) 279 16 44.
E-mail: k.varnelio.muziejuslnm.lt
More information >

The Bastion of Vilnius Defence Wall
Address: Bokšto g. 20/18, LT-01126 Vilnius.
Tel. (8 ~ 5) 261 21 49.
Closed for reconstruction.

The Memorial Farmstead of Dr. Jonas Šliūpas
Address: Vytauto g. 23 a., LT-00135 Palanga.
Tel. (+370 ~ 460) 54 559.
More information >

The Museum of Dr. Vincas Kudirka
Address: V. Kudirkos g. 29, Kudirkos Naumiestis, LT-4482 Šakių rajonas.
Tel. (+370 ~ 345) 57 451.
E-mail v.kudirkos.muziejus[at]lnm.lt
More information >

Jonas Basanavičius Birthplace
Address: Ožkabalių II kaimas, Bartninkų seniūnija, Vilkaviškio rajonas.
Tel./fax (+370 ~ 342) 69 365.
E-mail: j.basanaviciaus.gimtinelnm.lt
More information >

History of the Museum
The history of the National Museum of Lithuania begins from the year 1855 – in that year the Vilnius Museum of Antiquities was founded by Eustachijus Tiškevičius, the eminent collector and researcher of Lithuanian culture history. From the first day of its foundation the Museum was representing culture and history of The Lithuanian Grand Duchy. It was very popular and enjoyed abundance of the visitors. The defeat national liberation insurrection in the year 1863 brought a painful impact on Lithuanian culture. The administrative reparations also did not pass by the Museum of Antiquities. The exhibits, directly related to Lithuanian history, were taken away to Moscow in 1868. The remaining collections of the Museum of Antiquities were reorganised and passed to the possession of newly founded Vilnius Public Library. It was founded on the basis of former library of the Museum. During the years 1866 -1914, the Museum itself worked as a part of this library. In 1915, when the front of World War I approached, part of the exhibits was taken far away to Russia. 
In 1919, based on the collections of the Museum of Antiquities and the Lithuanian Scientific Society, the Museum of History and Ethnography was founded. One of Lithuanian national liberation leaders, Dr. Jonas Basanavičius, was appointed there as the Director. In 1919, the Museum's creation work was interrupted by Polish occupation of Vilnius. On the basis of remaining collections, the museums of Archaeology, Ethnography and Nature were working in the University.
In 1941, the Academy of Sciences took over all collections from all the museums in Vilnius. The eminent museum worker, culture historian Vincas Žilėnas successfully restored the structure of the Museum of Antiquities in 1952. The work, started in 1919 by Dr. Jonas Basanavičius, was completed - the Lithuanian Museum of History and Ethnography was created. In 1967, the Museum established itself on the territory of Vilnius castles in the building of the former New Arsenal. 
In 1968, the exposition, reflecting history and culture of Lithuanian State, were opened. Careful work in the expeditions, permanent searching for the scattered collections allowed to accumulate the largest collection of Lithuanistics in the country. In 1992, taking into consideration the main collections, which witness the Lithuanian statehood and national history, the Museum was named as the National Museum of Lithuania.
There are six specialised departments of the Lithuanistic collections: History, Archaeology, Ethnography, Numismatics, and Iconography. In these departments there are stored more than 800000 of exhibits.

Text from the Web site http://www.lnm.lt

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