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MUSEUM IS OPEN FOR VISITORS (SINCE MAY 5TH.)

Visitors are asked to follow these instructions:

  1. If you have fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing – please, do not enter. The museum staff may ask you to leave when spotting these symptoms
  2. You may enter museum only wearing a face mask or other face protection in groups of no more than five people (not applicable to families or close relatives or people travelling together)
  3. Visiting is not recommended for people over 60 years old and/or those having chronic illnesses
  4. Remember to disinfect your hands upon entering the museum (disinfection liquid is provided at the entrance)
  5. While inside museum watch for special signs telling what may be touched and what not. Obey instructions, voiced by museum staff.
  6. While inside museum remember to keep safe distances (at least 2 meters; not applicable to families or close relatives or people travelling together)
  7. We recommend not to use cash
  8. Please, serve yourself leaving your coat in the cloakroom
  9. Please, feel free to talk loud and ask museum staff for information from a safe distance (at least 2 meters)
  10. Remember to take care of hand and cough hygiene
  11. Museum halls are rather small, therefore, please try to enter there when they are empty (not applicable to families or close relatives or people travelling together)
  12. Avoid any unnecessary touching of surfaces. Follow signs informing about objects that are regularly disinfected and may be touched
  13.  Museum guides are available in English and should be booked in advance by telephone +370 37 201778 or by e-mail info@istorineprezidentura.lt

Please, help us to take care of your and our safety! Let’s do together everything possible for you to leave our museum only with souvenirs of enriched knowledge and good experience!

The Historical Presidential Palace is a must-see place for everyone, whether native-born or a visitor to Kaunas. It is one of the most important memorials of the Republic of Lithuania in 1918–1940.

Visitors are offered an introduction into the evolution of modern Lithuanian statehood, the opportunity to feel the pulse of a growing city that suddenly faced the challenge of becoming a capital and rapidly changed from a fortress into a modern city.

The building was at the centre of major political events of the time. It housed the President’s meetings with the Cabinet, as well as numerous meetings with the representatives of foreign countries, military, clergy and various organizations. It was a fundamental landmark of Foreign Policy; emissaries of foreign states here offered their credentials to the President of the Lithuanian Republic. The building also witnessed the Coup d’État of 1926, a crisis of parlamentarism and a turn towards authoritarian regime. In the face of imminent Soviet occupation, the Last Meeting of the government of the independent Lithuania took place here on the night from June 14 to 15 of 1940.

Today the Historical Presidential Palace of the Republic of Lithuania in Kaunas functions as a memorial-educational institution of Lithuanian modern statehood. The permanent exposition at the Palace reflects the history of the First Republic of Lithuania (1918 – 1940). Periodic temporary exhibitions commemorate outstanding historical figures and events. Many other social and cultural gatherings – such as scholarly conferences, concerts, book presentations, public lectures and meetings with outstanding public persons – are aimed at stimulating discussions about modern statehood and civic society.