Vytautas the Great War Museum, Kaunas

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The Vytautas the Great War Museum is a museum in Kaunas, Lithuania.Originally it was established in 1921 but later it was decided to move to a larger location. A part of the new museum was opened in 1930, at the 500th anniversary of Vytautas the Great, Grand Duke of Lithuania, the namesake of the museum.The finished museum was opened on 16 February 1936. Museum displays historical artefacts pertaining to Lithuania and Kaunas from prehistoric times to the present day, including a large collection of historical weapons. There are expositions dedicated to the military skills of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Vytautas the Great Chapel, collections of weapons, firearms, ammunition, army uniforms of various states, defense of the Kaunas Fortress in 1915, and others. The airplane Lituanica, on which Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas flew across the Atlantic Ocean in 1933, is on display and remains a popular exhibition.In the great hall of the museum there are copies of 17th century cannons. There is also a comprehensive collection of 18th century pistols.Statues of Lithuanian national renaissance figures, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and eternal flame, are located in the square in front of the museum. During the time of the First Lithuanian Republic, when Kaunas was the temporary capital of Lithuania, national holidays were celebrated in the square. The plaque commemorating book smugglers and distributors Knygnešių sienelė is also situated alongside. The Kaunas 35-bell carillon in the tower of the Vytautas the Great War Museum was completed in Belgium in 1935. Bell music from the tower was first played in 1937. Regular carillon concerts began in 1956. The first carillonists of the Kaunas carillon were Lithuanian composers Viktoras Kuprevičius and his son Giedrius Kuprevičius. The carillon was restored by the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry in Asten, Netherlands, in 2005–2006. After the restoration, the carillon has 49 bells and a new keyboard. Every day at midday, the Lithuanian war time song Oi, neverk motušėle is played.
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  • Interesting and well organised. Learn some of Lithuania's long and complex history. Just east of the old centre.  more »
  • There was a funny situation with this museum. We were on our way to the Churlenis Museum on the navigator. The address was found. Around the museum - a construction site, it is not even clear how to pass on. As a result, we saw some people, who seemed to go to the entrance, followed them. We bought tickets (it wasn't me), went inside. We saw a military exhibition at the entrance. Churlenis is somewhere further away, I thought, but anxiety has already begun. Then there are the same guns, sabers and shotguns. Something is clearly wrong. We went to "clarify" with the ministers. "Ah, friends, Churlenis...
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  • Probably the best and most interesting museum I have ever visited. It has everything - from ancient weapons to today's military uniforms. The museum is also quite big with a lot of great things to see. The entrance price is also very good. Oh and I loved the giant lions in front of the museum.
  • Absolutely loved it. Such a warm welcome by staff lady, she was so good, played games with our kids, told us some history. Never seen this like this at museum when was a kid. It was good to go back, well worth the visit. Museum is well looked after. Big selection of guns and other stuff. My kids loved it so much.
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