Viršuliškės is all at once a village with a history reaching back to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, an important detail in the radiofication of the city, a place with exceptional ties to the culture of Jewish Vilnius, and a residential district that was developed in the 1970s as a result of the city’s expansion to the west.
The exhibition itself is an exceptional one. It is the first VM exhibition not to take place in the Old Town and the first to be divided into three parts. The first part is set up inside a trolleybus that stands near the trolleybus depot on Viršilų Street and on an adjacent lot fence on Viršuliškių Alley. It presents the history of the old village of Viršuliškės and the later development of its territory. The second part tells the story of how the Soviet district of Viršuliškės came to be and is located on the basement floor of a 12-storey building on 43 Viršuliškės Street. The third part is a walking route through the district itself that will guide you through the area’s most interesting locations.
Local residents provided invaluable assistance in the reconstruction of the district’s history and we are infinitely grateful for their time, memories and the artefacts they have lent to the exhibition.