Nacionalinis M. K. Čiurlionio dailės muziejus
V. Putvinskio st. 55, LT-44248 Kaunas
Institution code 190755932
Presidents of the First Republic of Lithuania and the President’s InstitutionHistorical Presidential Palace of the Republic of Lithuania
Passionate lovers of history are welcome to the participative activities and encouraging games. The renewed exhibit offers a variety of engaging objects and enjoyment – stands with portrait photos of presidents, their biographies, oath texts, and private objects, visitors can listen to presidential speeches, watch them in documentary films, take a virtual tour along a presidential route, or test personal knowledge on presidents in colourful and fun animated games. You will have an opportunity to become witnesses of a fateful last meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers and chief officers, which took place at the Presidential Palace on the night of June 15, 1940. You will surely be interested in their standpoint towards the Soviet ultimatum, the further fate of the participants of the meeting – some of them were shot, deported, some of them managed to leave abroad, other representatives chose to work for the Soviet occupation authorities.
The biggest challenge for visitors will be the sculpture “Freedom” by Juozas Zikaras, a symbol of the Independence of Lithuania, which consists of “bricks” representing significant events of that time. Brick after brick and the “Freedom” will open before your eyes. Everyone who overcomes this challenge will realize that the struggle for freedom needs enormous effort and enthusiasm.