Naturally when you travel as much as I do you come across loads of weird and wonderful art galleries and museums, but few match The Devil's Museum (Žmuidzinavičius Museum) in Kaunas, Lithuania. Firstly can we all agree I'm ok to just call it The Devil's Museum from now on? Yes. Good. Right now that's established we really need to talk about this three story dedication to The Dark Lord, Lucifer, Satan, Beelzebub, Luis Suarez, or whatever other name you'd like to give him today as this is pretty much the entire reason I dragged my friends from Vilnius to Lithuania's second city.
The museum is located on V.Putvinskio G. 64 in Kaunas. It's pretty easy to find, but because I'm nice I've marked it on the map for you. The opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday 11:00-17:00, so don't get there too early, and there's a 5 euro entrance fee, but I think that's cheap at twice the price, after all I don't think there's another museum quite like this anywhere in the world. Please feel free to correct me if you find another.
The Devil's Museum has been exhibiting thousands of demonic paintings, sculptures, statues, toys and so on since it was opened in 1966 by Antanas Žmuidzinavičius. Each piece is unique and if you look closely enough you'll even find a Lincoln Imp in there. It was really nice to find something to remind me of home. The pieces range from the sublime, to the ridiculous, and to the downright monstrous each with their own descriptions. Meanwhile the museums red and black furnishings, mixed with the somewhat overly high thermostat setting makes for a very atmospheric, and oddly pleasant hellish experience.
You really will find every possible depiction of Lucifer in the Devil's Museum with probably the most famous piece been a sculpture picturing devil Stalin whipping devil Hitler who looks far from amused by the experience. On top of that there's erotic devil's embracing, little demonic families, musical demons, and my personal favourites a very bored looking Satan sat on a toilet and one whisking off a very British looking guy with a top hat, briefcase and nice moustache. This really is a very special museum and I'd urge everyone to go and pay it a visit if you get chance. I'll leave you with a few pictures of my favourite Devil's Museum exhibits.