Kaunas attractions

Top Choice Museum in Kaunas

Museum of the Ninth Fort

Lithuania's dark 20th-century history is powerfully and poignantly told at the Museum of the Ninth Fort, 7km north of Kaunas. Begin in the main museum, a modern gallery space with a church-like interior, which detai…
Top Choice Gallery in Kaunas

MK Čiurlionis National Museum of Art

One Lithuania's oldest and grandest galleries, Kaunas' leading art museum (founded 1921) is the place to acquaint yourself with the dreamlike paintings of Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875–1911), one of the co…
Historic Building in Kaunas

House of Perkūnas

With ornate arches and turrets rippling from its brick facade, this late 15th-century mansion is a treasure of Kaunas' late Gothic architecture. Built by merchants of the Hanseatic League, its interior is laid out t…
Museum in Kaunas

Maironis Lithuanian Literary Museum

Even travellers unenthused by turn-of-the-20th-century literature will be enchanted by this museum dedicated to Lithuanian luminary Maironis (aka Jonas Mačiulis). The museum is inside a beautifully attired 18th-cent…
Historic Building in Kaunas

Town Hall

The Old Town's tallest tower (53m) rises from Kaunas' Town Hall, an elegant white layer-cake of a building. Built in the mid-16th century, the hall has served as a theatre, a magazine, prison and palace over the yea…
Gallery in Kaunas

Kaunas Picture Gallery

This underrated gem, a branch of the many-tentacled Čiurlionis museum, exhibits works by 20th-century Lithuanian artists. Most explanation is in Lithuanian but the art does the talking: 1920s and '30s watercolours d…
Church in Kaunas

St Francis Xavier Church & Monastery

The southern side of Rotušės aikštė is dominated by rosy-pink late-Baroque facade of the St Francis Xavier Church, college and Jesuit monastery complex. Peek inside the twin-towered church, built between 1666 and 17…
Church in Kaunas

St Michael the Archangel Church

The Soviets turned this blue-domed neo-Byzantine church, filling the sky so dramatically at the eastern end of Laisvės alėja, into a stained-glass museum. Built for the Russian Orthodox faith in 1893, St Michael's w…
Monastery in Kaunas

Pažaislis Monastery

Built by Camaldolese monks in the 17th century, this striking baroque monastery lies 9km east of central Kaunas, on a promontory jutting into the Kauno marios (Kaunas Sea). Given to the Russian Orthodox order by Tsa…
Museum in Kaunas

Open-Air Museum of Lithuania

The open-air museum consists of re-created 18th- and 19th-century villages representing Lithuania’s main regions (Dzūkija, Aukštaitija, Suvalkija, Žemaitija and Lithuania Minor). Potters, weavers and joiners demonst…