As the quarantine in Lithuania hasn’t been lifted yet, cultural venues remain closed for visitors. Nevertheless, you can take a sneak peek into a handful of museums and galleries in Kaunas. Virtually, of course – here are some of the institutions that offer 3D tours for hungry art tourists from all around the globe. Many of the tours (those hosted by 1001pikselis.lt) were created by a Kaunas-based superhero Mantas Vaičiūnas who did this to fight the quaran-blues. Bravo, sir!
This 19th-century building became the house of the President soon after Kaunas became the temporary capital of Lithuania in 1919. Today, it’s a museum reflecting the glorious two decades of interwar Kaunas.
One of a kind, the devils’ museum sports a collection of over 3,000 devil creatures from all over the world. It was started by the painter Žmuidzinavičius, whose interwar house you can visit next door. Don’t forget to take look at the artist’s studio.
Soon after Lithuania declared its independence in 1918, talks began about a museum that would represent the history of our country. This building (with half of it being the National M. K. Čiurlionis Museum of Art) was financed by many patriotic citizens and the foundation was built on soil brought from war fields. The huge size of the museum is a monument to Vytautas the Great, one of the most important early historical leaders of the nation. Take a look inside…
Occupying three floors of a narrow building on the Town Hall square for more than 20 years, the gallery team have been pushing the boundaries of what is possible for the sake of art. Meno Parkas represents Kaunas and Lithuania in the most important contemporary art events around the world, and can lay claim to have been responsible for supporting a succession of several generations of Kaunas artists.
3D tours of exhibitions
The M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum is a group of museums based in Kaunas, Lithuania. It is primarily dedicated to exhibiting and publicizing the works of the painter and musician M.K. Čiurlionis (1875–1911). With the help of good old Google Maps, you can stroll around the gallery of his works.
Google maps tour
The majority of people arriving at Kaunas start their sightseeing tours at the partly rebuilt ruins of Kaunas castle, the oldest building in the city. In the remaining tower, there are quite a few fascinating ehxibitis or you might consider hiring out the tower as a bachelor party venue when the situation permits!
Raketa, or ‘Rocket’, is a passenger ship and an engineering legend that has sailed the most picturesque bends and valleys of the Nemunas river since the 1960s. The visionary and modern passenger ship was first built in the Soviet Union in 1957. Unforgettable futuristic shapes, powerful underwater wings and unprecedented speed of travel: a vehicle that surpassed the expectations of the time was associated with freedom and extremely rapid scientific progress. This year, the boat was back and was met with huge success.
Juniper Valley is a unique place in Lithuania. The botanical reserve is situated in Arlaviškės village, on a steep slope of Nemunas river. Junipers grow by itself. Valley is decorated with a variety of plants in various colours, shapes, smells. Some of them are extremely rare. Juniper Valley belongs to Kaunas Lagoon Regional Park. It is one of national nature monuments. In 2016, the 1,3 km length cognitive pathway was nominated as the most beautiful one in Lithuania.