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Lithuanian Theatre, Music and Film Museum

    In 1926, two famous Lithuanian writers Balys Sruoga and Vincas Kreve founded the Lithuanian Theatre, Music and Film museum in Kaunas University. In 1936, the museum moved to the State Theater. During World War II the museum was closed and only in 1957 it was reopened to the public. From 1964 up to 1992, the museum was a branch of the Lithuanian Art Museum. In 1993, it became an independent organization. In 1996, the museum moved into the recently renovated building of the Radvilos Palace that housed the Public Theater of Vilnius in 1795-1810.
    There are five departments in the museum: theater, music, cinema, art departments and library.
    The stock of the Theatre Department consists of the photographs of theatre performances, programs, posters, costumes, puppets, stage sets, documents and personal possessions of famous actors and actresses.
    At the Music Department there is an interesting collection of rare music instruments of the 18-20th century which includes precursors of a gramophone - mechanical music instruments produced by the famous J. H. Zimmerman's enterprise. The small collection of the folk Lithuanian instruments kankles made by local masters is indeed unique.
    The exhibition of the Cinema Department is devoted to the development of the world cinematography in general and cinematography in Lithuania in particular. The basis of the collection is formed from the photographs, posters, portraits of cinematographers, cinema technology, costumes, sketches of scene and costumes, given by Lithuanian Film Studio. Practically all Lithuanian animated films are presented in the museum video collection. The museum boasts the private collection of one of the first cameramen Stepas Uzdonas, containing 10 cameras made in 1930-1970, a unique copying machine of "Arnold and Richter" films (produced in 1934-1935), documents and personal things of the cameraman.
     Art department displays the exhibition of sketches of the scene, costumes and technical drafts, scenery models, costumes of characters, made by Lithuanian and foreign scene-designers. The exhibition allows the visitor to penetrate into the complicated and very interesting process of the scenery and theatrical costumes creation.

Address: Vilnaus St., 41
Phone: 370-5-2622406