An important role in the fields of economic education and historical and cultural heritage is played by the Money Museum, which is based in the heart of Vilnius in the Bank of Lithuania buildings complex.
The Museum started operating 16 years ago and at the end of 2010, after reconstruction, opened its doors in the new premises at the intersection of Gediminas Avenue and Totorių Street. Here, in the five halls on two storeys visitors can be introduced to the history of world money and banking, Lithuanian money, development of banking in our country since the emergence of the first credit institutions to the present day.
The modern Money Museum not only provides visitors with a possibility to view the valuable exhibits and get acquainted with the information provided on the stands, but to actively participate in the cognitive process as well. By virtue of the interactive training means observer becomes participant who can strike a souvenir plate on his own, use a special scale to weigh himself, and find out his price if he were of gold, platinum or silver. And this is far from all the Museum offers. Virtual expositions, thematic films, games, specialised internet access – all this is available on computer terminals with touch screens. The Museum’s multilayer exposition, which combines the rich history of money and the topical issues of today’s economic life, offers interesting information for everyone.
THE HISTORY OF MONEY HALL
In this hall visitors are introduced to the development of world money from its primitive forms like grain, cowrie shells, furs, amber to electronic money. The exposition is grouped by easily understandable and memorable themes, and presents the key stages in the history of money. In the centre of the exposition, ancient coin hoards and jewellery articles with coins are exhibited. The improvised mint is like a journey in time, introducing to different coinage technologies. The primitive coinage tools come to life in the hands of the reproduced 15th century coiner; modern coin production processes are demonstrated on the screens installed right there. In this hall there is also installed an interactive scale which translates human body weight into gold or other metal weight, and calculates the person’s value in the currency of his choice.
THE HISTORY OF BANKING HALL
The hall presents the development of banking in Lithuania since the emergence of the first credit institutions to the present day. The exhibits, information stands and documentary materials displayed on the showcases reveal the role of the Bank of Lithuania in different historical periods and moments significant for the national economy – while pushing through the 1922 money reform, stabilising the country’s financial and credit market during the years of global economic crisis. The collapse of national banking after Lithuania’s occupation by the Soviets in 1940 is also covered. Virtual exposition ”Money in Lithuania 1914–1945” reveals the political, economic and financial situation in the country during this period. Tired visitor can take a seat at the cashier’s table standing right here, used in the Bank during the interwar period.
THE CONTEMPORARY MONEY HALL
In this hall visitors are presented the banknotes and coins used today in different countries. While viewing the circulations banknotes of different countries exhibited in the special drawers, on the videowall one can see different information about a selected country. A lot of attention is also devoted to the Bank of Lithuania among the major functions of which is currency issue. The exhibits displayed on the showcases tell about the production of modern Lithuanian currency, the information posters cover the history of the Bank of Lithuania since its establishment to the present day. The security features of litas banknotes are presented as well. Using the installed UV detector visitors are able to verify the authenticity of the banknote in hand.
THE LITHUANIAN MONEY HALL
In the Lithuanian Money Hall one can have a view of the coins of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Republic of Lithuania and other territories that have been in circulation on our territory. Here, the commemorative coins of the Republic of Lithuania are also exhibited, and on the pull-out stands the banknotes used on our territory from the late18th century to the present are displayed. The information posters highlight two stages in the issue of Lithuanian money – the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Republic of Lithuania, and on a TV screen, documentaries about the creation of Lithuanian coins and banknotes are non-stop demonstrated. On the computer terminals one can find all virtual products of the Money Museum, use specialised internet access and check one’s knowledge acquired at the Museum. Having coped with all knowledge test questions the visitor wins a prize – souvenir banknote with an image of his/her own.
THE EXHIBITION AND EDUCATION HALL
This hall is for educational events and specialised thematic expositions. Currently it houses an exhibition „The Return of Lost Valuables”. It presents the silver jewellery articles that the Bank of Lithuania acquired from precious metals buying centres at the time of the restoration of Lithuania’s independence with the aim of using the depreciating rubles and protecting valuables from being taken away to Moscow.
Totoriu str. 2/8, Vilnius, Lithuania
Tuesday to Thursday: 9.00 - 16.00
Friday: 9.00 - 15.00