M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum

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The M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum is a group of museums based in Kaunas, Lithuania. It is primarily dedicated to exhibiting and publicizing the works of the painter and musician M.K. Čiurlionis (1875–1911).

The museum was founded in 1921, and opened a temporary gallery in 1925. It was renamed Vytautas the Great Museum of Culture in 1936, receiving its current name in 1944. An expansion took place in 1969.[1] The interwar part of the building was built in Art Deco and early functionalism style.[2][3]

The museum sponsors international exhibitions along with lectures, concerts, conferences, and special educational activities for children.

The museum shares its building with the Vytautas the Great War Museum and is located in the New Town of Kaunas. The oldest still functioning Žaliakalnis Funicular Railway is situated nearby. It climbs 142 metres (466 ft) up from behind the M. K. Čiurlionis National Art Museum to the Church of the Resurrection.

In 2015, the building was one of 44 objects in Kaunas to receive the European Heritage Label.[4]


M.K.Ciurlionis Art Museum in Kaunas has more than 355,000 items. The museum’s exhibit collections consist of M.K.Ciurlionis’ heritage, Lithuanian folk art, fine and applied arts of Lithuania of the fifteenth-twentieth centuries, ancient world art, foreign fine and applied art, numismatics, archives of folk art and the artistic life items of Lithuania.[5] Its branches include the Mykolas Žilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas Picture Gallery, Kaunas Historical Presidential Palace, Ceramics Museum, Devils' Museum, M. K. Čiurlionis Memorial Museum, Antanas Žmuidzinavičius Memorial Museum, Paulius Galaunė Family House, Liudas Truikys and Marijona Rakauskaite Museum, Juozas Zikaras Museum, and Vytautas Kazimieras Jonynas Gallery.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "MIKALOJUS KONSTANTINAS CIURLIONIS NATIONAL ART MUSEUM". Lithuanian Museum Association. Retrieved 2008-12-27.
  2. ^ Bryant, Jon (8 September 2016). "10 of the best European cities for art deco design". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Vytauto Didžiojo karo muziejus ir Nacionalinis M. K. Čiurlionio dailės muziejus". autc.lt. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ "KAUNAS WAS AWARDED A EUROPEAN HERITAGE LABEL". visit.kaunas.lt. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  5. ^ http://www.lithuania.travel/en-gb/attractions/mkciurlionis-art-museum/17120

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Coordinates: 54°54′0″N 23°54′41″E / 54.90000°N 23.91139°E / 54.90000; 23.91139