Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery


This art museum on three floors is based on the private collection of Mykolas Žilinskas, but is now operated by the National Čiurlionis Art Museum. The collection is strongest on European art from the 17th to the 20th centuries and boasts Lithuania’s only Rubens.

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1. Statue of Man

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2. Jan Zwartendijk Memorial

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3. Kaunas Museum for the Blind

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4. St Michael the Archangel Church

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5. Kaunas Picture Gallery

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6. Lietūkis Garage Massacre Memorial

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7. Vytautas Magnus University

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Once known as the University of Lithuania, this is one of the country's leading tertiary institutions. It was first founded in 1922 and refounded in 1989…

8. Museum of Deportation & Resistance


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