The Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum

Exhibits of the museum
Other valuables of the museum
All valuables of the museum
Abbreviation VVGŽM
Address Naugarduko g. 10/2, Vilnius, LT-01141 Vilniaus m. sav., Lietuva
Phone No (8 5) 231 23 57
Fax No (8 5) 231 23 58
E-mail muziejus@jmuseum.lt, g.museumdir@aivanet.lt
Website
Type by theme istorijos
Institution code 190757374
Bank account number LT 78 7044 0600 0112 2245

Information about the museum

The Holocaust exhibit, housed in the Green House on Pamėnkalnio street in Vilnius, is a part of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum.

The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum was established in 1990. Its function is to collect, conserve, study and exhibit the material, historical and spiritual cultural heritage of Lithuanian Jews, traditional and contemporary Jewish art and documents and objects connected with the Holocaust. The main items from the museum collection are: objects of an historical value, ritual equipment, manuscripts, photographs, figurative and decorative artworks, the Jacques Lipschitz memorial collection and the Josifas Šapira archive. The museum is made up of several branches, including the Holocaust Exhibit, the Tolerance Centre, the Paneriai Memorial Museum, and the Jacques Lipschitz Jewish Museum in Druskininkai, plus a planned future Litvak Culture and Art Centre.

The Green House, the house housing the Holocaust Exhibit, hosted the first underground Lithuanian Communist congress back in 1918. From 1968 until 1990, the house was home to a branch of the Museum of the Revolution. After Lithuanian independence the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum was established here, in 1991. The Holocaust Exhibit at the Green House was the first such exhibit in Lithuania and the Baltic states. The founders of the Holocaust Exhibit were themselves Holocaust survivors, and include Rachel Margolis, Dmitri Gelpern, Rocha Kostanian, Eugenija Biber, Genrich Agranovski and Fania Brancovskaja.

The Holocaust Exhibit provides a short introduction to the history and culture of the once quite populous Jewish people of Lithuania and a more comprehensive treatment of their destruction during World War II.

Branches and units of the museum

  Holocaust Exhibit Pamėnkalnio g. 12, Vilnius, LT-01114 Vilniaus m. sav., Lietuva
  History Exhibits Pylimo g. 4, Vilnius, LT-01117 Vilniaus m. sav., Lietuva
  Paneriai Memorial Agrastų g. 15, Vilnius, LT-02243 Vilniaus m. sav., Lietuva
  Tolerance Centre Naugarduko g. 10/2, Vilnius, LT-01141 Vilniaus m. sav., Lietuva
  Museum of Jacques Lipchitz Šv. Jokūbo g. 17, Druskininkai, LT-4690 Druskininkų sav., Lietuva
  Samuel Bak Museum Naugarduko g. 10/2, Vilnius, LT-01309 Vilniaus m. sav., Lietuva