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Balzekas Museum Of Lithuanian Culture

The life-long dream of Stanley Balzekas, Jr., to preserve for posterity the wealth of material pertaining to Lithuania's history and culture was realized when he opened the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in a "two-flat" building next to his auto dealership on Archer Ave in Chicago on June 22, 1966. His personal collection of art, armor and rare maps was donated and placed on display.


Permanent Collection

"Lithuania Through the Ages" - portrays the development of Lithuanian history and culture from prehistory to the present.


Exhibitions

Art exhibits by invited artists and a permanent collection of works by Lithuanian and Lithuanian-American artists
Research & Resource Center for East European Studies
The center is made up of a number of collections: the reference library contains over 40,000 volumes on history and culture of Lithuania and Eastern Europe; the collection of rare books and pamphlets contains publications from the 16th to the 19th century; the largest collection of archival manuscripts and periodicals outside of Lithuania; a collection of 10,000 files of pamphlets and records of historical and cultural documents; and more than 50,000 photos and thousands of recordings of Lithuanian music, musical scores and programs.

Immigration History and Lithuanian Americal Genealogy Society
The department, chaired by Jessie Daraska, started with the the work of Mildred Kletz on genealogy in 1984 and continues to expand in genealogical information on "Lithuanian Pioneers" and their descendents. It publishes a newsletter Genealogija, edited by Julie Daraska Balzekas, devoted to immigration history and genealogy. Lithuanian American Geneology Society, presided by Robert Balzekas, provides its members the basic information and guidance they need to trace their ancestors.

The Irene Balzekas Memorial Map Collection
A collection of more than 200 antiquarian, dating from 16th to the 19th centuries, and 700 modern maps of Lithuania and Eastern Europe and atlases.
Numismatic Collection
The Museum contains one of the best collections of Lithuanian coins, currency, tokens, medals, military orders, and decorations in the United States. Frank Passic is the numismatic curator at the Museum, the founder of ...+ [ Read all ]




Cost

FREE


Opening hours

7 days a week from 10AM to 4PM






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Education

Language Education
The department offers Lithuanian language classes and published the Lithuanian Language Cassette and Dialog Book.


Schools

Children's Museum of Immigrant History
Founded in 1982, this department through interactive exhibits and outreach efforts serves as a cultural and educational resource for schools and families.