Where the nation‘s father spent his childhood

Plan your visit

From May to September: Monday to Friday 9.00 to 18.00, Saturday 10.00 to 18.00, Sunday 10.00 to 15.00

From October to April: Monday to Friday 9.00 to 17.00, Saturday 10.00 to 17.00, on Sundays museum is closed except the last Sunday of each month (10.00 to 15.00)

The ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.

Working hours for holidays (2022)

Ticket prices

  • Adult – 2,00 €
  • Concessions* – 1,00 €

Family ticket

  • Up to 2 adults and 4 children – 5,00 €

Guided tours

  • A guided tour for a group of up to 20 people (60 min) – 10,00 €
  • An educational programme for adults – 2,00 € (tickets not included)
  • Filming and taking of pictures in the farmstead at Jonas Basanavicius birthplace – 10,00 €
* Full-time pupils of schools of general education; full-time students of schools of higher education; citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and other countries of the European Union studying full-time in schools of higher education in the member states of the European Union; pensioners (under 80); the handicapped (30-55% work capacity); persons who suffered from the occupations between 1939 and 1990 – political prisoners and deportees, former inmates of ghettos and concentration or other forced labour camps; persons who fought for the independence of the Republic of Lithuania and suffered from Soviet aggression on 11–13 January 1991 and onwards; participants in the resistance movement against the occupations between 1940 and 1990 – volunteer soldiers and freedom fighters; teachers. Discount is applied upon presentation of an appropriate ID.

Expositions are free of charge for the following visitors: museum employees; members of the International Council of Museums (ICOM); members of artist associations, the Lithuanian Association of Art Historians, the International Association of Art Critics, the Lithuanian Association of Archaeologists, the Lithuanian Guide Union, the Lithuanian Journalist Union, and the Lithuanian art photographers Union; students of Vilnius Art School for Children and Youth; friends and benefactors of the museum (upon the submission of an appropriate document); cadets and conscripts from General Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania; soldiers of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Headquarters Battalion; soldiers in mandatory military service; army volunteers; pre-school children; residents of children care homes and socially supported children; the handicapped (0-25% work capacity) and their accompanying persons; persons from 80 years of age; teachers accompanying groups of schoolchildren; journalists; employees of the Cultural Heritage Department at the Ministry of Culture and its territorial branches, with a civil servant’s or employee’s identification card; citizens of Ukraine; all visitors on the last Sunday of each month.

Information for disabled visitors: exhibition rooms of Jonas Šliūpas museum do not have wheelchair access.

General visitor regulations of the National Museum of Lithuania

Guided tours are available in Lithuanian, English and Russian languages. Guided tours must be ordered in advance by phone or e-mail (+370 (342) 6 93 65, j.basanaviciaus.gimtine@lnm.lt).

The tours in the museum are only led by the museum tour guides or the tour guides from the institution with which the museum has concluded an appropriate agreement.

The museum is open to visitors during the regular opening hours. Please read relevant information regarding COVID-19 before visit: click here (link)

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About us

Located in the village of Ožkabaliai, Vilkaviškis region, the birthplace of Jonas Basanavičius is one of only three National Museum of Lithuania branches located outside of Lithuania’s capital.

What will you see?

Basanavičius’s own publications about Lithuanian folklore and mythology; personal effects that belonged to the famous Signatory, including an ink pot, mechanical calendar, and a stamp with his initials; souvenir busts of the 18th century poet Adomas Mickevičius and the 1863 anti-Czarist rebellion leader Tadeusz Kościuszko; late 19th and early 20th century furniture and interior details typical of the Suvalkija ethno-cultural region.

What will you learn?
History of the building

Oak Wood

The Basanavičius homestead is surrounded by a 40 hectare oak wood that was initially planted three decades ago to mark Lithuania’s more recent national revival. This cultural landmark consists of 14 groves, each one dedicated to important dates in the country’s history. Among the close to 7,000 oaks stand numerous commemorative trees.

Oak Wood



Gimtinės g. 17, Ožkabalių I k., Vilkaviškio r.

+370 342 6 93 65


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