Holocaust Museum (The Green House)

Holocaust Museum (The Green House), Vilnius

Holocaust Museum (The Green House)

Holocaust Museum (The Green House)
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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amsterdam05
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1 572 contributions
Jun 2022
This house gives a good imression of what has taken place during the holocaust in Lithuania and Europe. It even has an original hiding place.
Written 11 June 2022
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I4574KZthomasg
Oakland, United States33 contributions
Mar 2022
Off the street up a small hill in a very old house, but absolutely not to be missed. Very detailed exhibit of the Holocaust in Lithuania that doesn't shy away from role of Lithuanians in doing the Nazi bidding, although there were also those who saved Jews.
Written 12 March 2022
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Judi W
Tsur Moshe429 contributions
Dec 2021
Very harrowing story of the history of Lithuanian Jews during WWII. Only a small museum, so doesn't require a long visit, but well worth your time.
Written 6 December 2021
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Victor d
Vilnius, Lithuania7 contributions
Nov 2021
The guides were excellent. the museum takes itself, for good reason, seriously, and it does as good a job as one can in transmitting both historical information and the contexts of the lives of the people who were imprisoned and died there .
Written 27 November 2021
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland24 306 contributions
Sep 2020
There are many Jewish museums in Vilnius.

The Green House has the Holocaust Exposition which tells the history of the Lithuanian Jews and their tragic death during the Holocaust in 1941-44.

In front of the museum, you can find the monument for Chiune Sugihara who was the Vice-Consul for Japan in Lithuania during World War II. He helped several thousand Jews to leave the country by issuing transit visas to them.
Written 8 September 2020
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Manfromdublin12
Dublin, Ireland163 contributions
Aug 2020
The museum is located up a short hill and is almost difficult to see with Google Maps as it is located in a green wooden building at the rear of a series of apartment complexes. The exhibition is detailed and pulls no punches regarding the collusion of the majority of the Lithuanian in the holocaust of the Jews. There is a particularly moving and disturbing letter from the Archbishop of the time which really is upsetting regarding his position on behalf of the Roman Catholic church to the Jews and their extermination. As a former R.C. it is indeed shocking that any Christian could have written what he did at the time. However the museum treats the history in a balanced and respectful way and avoids finger pointing or blame and tries to tell the truth in a way that is represented by the documents that the perpetrators left behind. This makes it very objective . There is a lesson for everyone with an open heart and mind in this exhibition. Never forget what happened because it can and will happen again if the conditions of hatred and dehumanisation are allowed to flourish again.
Written 12 August 2020
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Petra T
Helsinki, Finland14 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
The museum is small but there’s a lot of information written on the walls. Since the museum is mainly written information and photos, I wouldn’t bring kids here (unless they’re familiar with these kind of places). I had reached about a middle of the exhibition when a big group of kids (teenagers and younger) came there, apparently with their parents. The kids were understandably restless, loud, and moving around hastily. Surely it’s important they learn about the holocaust, but this might not be the right place for it.
Written 16 July 2020
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Hawk470
Baltimore, MD2 545 contributions
Oct 2019
One of several locations of the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum, the Holocaust Museum – referred to as The Green House – because it is in a green house – provides a compact, reverent and informative environment in which to commune with the dead, attempt to comprehend the scope of the crime, if not understand it, and, if applicable, recall the world that existed for your ancestors murdered during that tragic time.

You climb the steps to the Green House, like the steps from the death pit at Paneriai. At the top, by the entrance, you see the monument to Chijune Sugihara, Consul of Japan in Lithuania, which reminds you that even amidst the worst possible inhumanity, some righteous people do whatever they can to help. Reminiscent of the Torii at the entrance to a Japanese Shinto Shrine, with its solid crossbar across the top. (The Torii separates the worldly from the sacred – like the transition from the everyday modern world outside the museum from the sacred memory within.) The monument differs from the Torii because the figure of a strong person holds it aloft instead of two vertical poles; holding it with the strength of Atlas, as Sugihara held those at risk aloft and saved as many as he could by issuing more than 2,100 vias to Jewish war refugees in 1940. In the Shinto religion, the shrine houses the Kami, spirits or holy powers worthy of veneration. An apt description of Sugihara and his righteous deeds.

Primarily photographs with clear explanatory text, the museum briefly covers the 600 plus year history of the Jews in Lithuania, including photos of famous 20th century Lithuanian Jews, such as violinist Jascha Heifitz and artists Chaim Soutine and Jacques Lipchitz, as well as an historical perspective on the Jewish religious experience in Lithuania. It then goes on to the Nazi conquest, the establishment of the ghettos, extermination, and resistance, as well as the Righteous Among the Nations. The photos of female Jewish partisans stand out most heroically for me. Their youth and determination shine from the pictures. After covering the deportation of Jewish Lithuanians to the Soviet Union, you reach the re-creation of an attic hideout that gives you a sense for what daily living was like under occupation. A short video brings the hideout, the “Malina”, to life.

If you like to walk, the route from the Choral Synagogue to the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum and then to the Holocaust Museum, will give you an informative and moving introduction to Jewish life in Lithuania past and present. The total walking time, one-way at a relaxed pace, is under half an hour.
Written 30 March 2020
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Nikoll M
Bratislava, Slovakia98 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Very informative exposition, there’s a replica of Vilnius bunker even. Helpful staff. You could spend good amount of time there. I do recommend.
Written 6 February 2020
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DanValmy
13 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
A bit hidden in a small road, but really close to city centre, it is a fantastic small museum. You absolutely have to visit this place.
Written 1 February 2020
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Holocaust Museum (The Green House) is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
  • Mon - Tue 09:00 - 17:00
  • Thu - Thu 09:00 - 17:00
  • Fri - Fri 09:00 - 16:00