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Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

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Address: 6500 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60629-5136
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+1 773-582-6500
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

This museum includes exhibits on Lithuanian history and culture as well as...

This museum includes exhibits on Lithuanian history and culture as well as the largest Lithuanian research center outside of Lithuania.

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Best museum for Lithuanian culture

It was late in the day and I was in the building for some other business when I noticed the gift shop was open. There was a young woman named Eva who told me I could look around... read more

Reviewed 26 December 2016
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 26 December 2016

It was late in the day and I was in the building for some other business when I noticed the gift shop was open. There was a young woman named Eva who told me I could look around. I figured it was very close to closing so I quickly looked around the first floor museum and will be back. I... More 

Thank MeBlonde
Chicago, Illinois
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150 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

This exhibit shows how Lithuanians left their country during the war. The permanent collection shows the Lithuania culture through the ages. There are many archived papers for research purposes. Staff at the museum can assist with additional information.

Thank Beverly T
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146 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 May 2016

This museum is honestly not worth the admission price and is really a bit sad. It is evident that the people who work their love the culture and take great pride in their museum, but the exhibits are very old fashioned and confusing. The writing on all the artifacts etc is very small, the lighting isn't great.. if you were... More 

Thank eec317
Emmonak, Alaska
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53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Visited the museum on the suggestion of my sister: we were not disappointed, The history of Lithuania was well presented. more than that the free brochures on Lithuania's history and the accommodating workers made the visit very comfortable and pleasant. We were also given coupons for free Lithuanian food at a Lithuanian restaurant. The price was great. Any history buff... More 

Thank pauliefromthenorth
Marco Island, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 February 2016

We were amazed by this treasure of Lithuanian history! The dedication of the Balzekas family to build and maintain this museum is extraordinary. The artifacts sparked our interest, and we spent quite a bit of time reading about them. The third floor is dedicated to "No Home to Go To". I am Lithuanian, and I learned so much of the... More 

Thank Jacque D
San Francisco, California
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38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

I enjoyed my tour of the museum, although my visit due to time constraints had to be quicker than I would have liked. I was visiting from out of town and wanted to experience the museum in celebration of my part Lithuanian heritage. It is worth a stop and definitely worth supporting.

1 Thank Raphael W
Bloomington, Indiana
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173 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2012

This museum is a spectacular find! It is very inexpensive for 3 stories chock full of Lithuanian history and culture! Chicago has the largest Lithuanian population outside of Lithuania itself. It has old medieval artifacts, archives, photos, immigration info, war artifacts and even a children's museum! I loved it so much! Everyone in this museum was very warm and friendly,... More 

1 Thank Emmchar16
Blue Island, Illinois
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2012

We most recently visited the museum to see their display of the Lithuanian holocaust when many Lithuanian citizens were shipped off to gulags in Russia. What an incredible collection and documentary -- things I never learned in school (not surprising). Beyond this special exhibit the museum is packed with other treasures that any museum afficiando would love - including a... More 

1 Thank R B
Chicago, Illinois
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381 reviews
202 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2012

JMJ Visited this museum, which I have been driving past for years, and finally made up my mind to visit it! An article in the local newspaper about the exhibit "Hope and Spirit" made this my destination this week-end or bust. Talked to a good friend and she had also seen the article in different local newspaper and was delighted... More 

1 Thank mother15

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