21 07 2023–31 12 2023

Why was Vilnius established on this particular spot? How did the terrain form to make it a suitable place for people to settle? What did this place look like 1,900 million years ago? And what is Vilnius “made of”? Answers to these questions can be found in the geology room, where we look at Vilnius from the perspective of geological time.
In the room dedicated to the residents of Vilnius, we invite you to pay special attention to two things. Firstly, the 20th century was a crucial point in Vilnius’ history. During this period, the composition of the city’s population changed completely – it is only since 1957 that Lithuanians have been the largest ethnic group in Vilnius. Secondly, it is not only people who are important to the city – we share Vilnius with animals, plants, fungi and other creatures. This is why the goosander duck, buckwheat and mould feature in the exhibition alongside homo sapiens.
On the occasion of the city’s anniversary, we present two of five Vilnius discovery rooms. Why five? The Vilnius Museum will soon relocate to the Kirdiejai Palace (6 Barbora Radvilaitė Street). There, on the second floor, are five rooms that will house the permanent exhibition display on Vilnius. These two rooms are a provocation to consider what such an exhibition should look like? Which stories reveal the essence of the city? We invite you to contribute ideas on what should be presented in the five rooms. Please share your opinions with us.

We are grateful to each of the 70 Vilnius residents who responded to our invitation to share photos from their family archives.

Kuratoriai / Curators: Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Povilas Andrius Stepavičius, Povilas Marozas

Konsultantai / Consultants: Daumantas Liekis, prof. dr. Andrej Spiridonov, dr. Darius Stončius, dr. Vitalija Stravinskienė, dr. Jonas Šečkus

Architektas / Architect: Povilas Marozas

Grafinis dizainas / Graphic design: Monika Janulevičiūtė

Animacija / Animation: Meinart

Audio pasakojimai / Audio stories: Martyna Šulskutė, Sigita Vegytė

Garso takelis / Soundtrack: William „Bilwa“ Costa (2020), Sonic Vilnius, Kirtimų kultūros centras

Vaikų dalykai / Children’s things: Živilė Miežytė (koncepcija ir tekstai / concept and texts), Kornelija Žalpytė (iliustracijos / illustrations)

Vertėjai / Translators: E-vertimai, Aistis Žekevičius

Redaktoriai / Editors: Alexandra Bondarev, Monika Jurkėnienė (LT), Joseph Everatt, Gemma Lloyd (EN)

Technikai / Technicians: Kazimieras Sližys, Stanislovas Lučunas, Spaudos idėjos

Partneriai / Partners: Vilniaus universiteto Geomokslų institutas, Geologo kelionės

Rėmėjai / Sponsors: Lietuvos kultūros taryba, Vilnius 700, Vilniaus miesto savivaldybė, Baltisches Haus, Fujifilm Lietuva

The exhibition is part of Vilnius 700.

Photo by Vilnius Museum