Devil’s Museum – Lithuania

Vilnius , Lithuania

Lithuania is no longer as inaccessible as it was even a few years ago. In fact if you are in one of the neighboring countries it is a short train ride to this unique country. If go to the trouble of coming to Lithuania then why not see something unusual that you would not find in any other country – a Devil Museum – Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis Velnių Muziejus.
The three story Devil Museum in Kaunas, exhibits around 3000 devil related displays in a building fittingly eery decorated in red and black. Although the devil is and has been feared or revered among many cultures throughout the world, belief in the existence of the devil in Eastern Europe goes back centuries and the character of the devil appears in much Eastern European folklore. Pagan beliefs hung on in Lithuania until the early 19th century.
The devil figures, art and objects have been gathered from many cultures around the world, and the devil’s portrayal varies from display to display. There is even one of Hitler and Stalin as devils dividing up Lithuania. Other exhibits show the devil in various forms and in various media, the devil appears on every day objects as well as depicting old myths and religious beliefs. Visitors are invited to contribute a piece of devil “art” from their own culture, to the museum.
Although the town of Kaunas may not originally have been on your itinerary there are several other museums, and a well-preserved Old Town, you will also get to see rural Lithuania by including this interesting town and museum in your trip.
Where:
V. Putvinskio g. 64,
Kaunas, Lithuania.
Getting there:

From Vilnius take a train (2 hours) or bus (1.5 hours)

Open Hours:
Oct-May – Tues-Sun 11:00-17:00
June-Sept – Tues – Sun 10:00-17:00
Entrance Fee:
$2.- 6LTL (varies with the currency fluctuation)
$16.5 – 40 LTL guided tour in a foreign language.
In 2013 Lithuania will switch to the Euro, so check prices.

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