Activities

Museum collects, stores and promotes the historical values related to the history of the University, its divisions, buildings and biographies of its most prominent personalities. Museum also records and publicises the history, develops multi-dimensional educational and research activities, cooperates with other local and foreign museums, cultural, educational institutions and organisations. The most interesting exhibits related to the University’s history are presented at the Museum, as well as constant expositions.

 

Expositions

“People in History of the University and the State”

This expositions aims to tell the University’s history via its most prominent personalities: Founder of the Higher Courses Prof. Zigmas Žemaitis, Rectors Prof. Vincas Čepinskis and Prof. Mykolas Romeris, who defended the University’s autonomy during the interwar period, Rectors prof. Antanas Purėnas and Julijonas Gravrogkas, who protected students and lecturers from repressions at the time of occupation, Prof. Kazimieras Baršauskas, who worked to protect the occupied Lithuania from russification.

Exposition also perpetuates the University’s lecturers and graduates, who made direct contributions to the development of the state: signatories of the Acts of Independence of 16 February and 11 March, presidents, prime ministers and ministers: assoc. prof. Antanas Smetona, prof. Augustinas Voldemaras, prof. Pranas Dovydaitis, Kazimieras Šaulys, Mykolas Biržiška, Steponas Kairys, assoc. prof. Leonas Bistras, Antanas Tumėnas, prof. Petras Leonas, Vladas Jurgutis, prof. Vytautas Paliūnas, assoc. prof. Antanas Karoblis, assoc. prof. Povilas Varanauskas and lecturer Algirdas Patackas, KTU Honorary Doctors assoc. prof. Bronislovas Lubys and Algirdas Mykolas Brazauskas. Exposition reveals their values and thoughts, their approach to the state, nation, language and science.

You can visit this exposition free of charge at KTU Administrative Building (K. Donelaičio St. 73) on working days 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

K. Vasiliauskas Laboratory of Strength of Material

Historical laboratory presents to the public its unique laboratory equipment for measurement of the strength of materials that are almost 100 years old, but still perfectly functioning: press, pendulum rammer, manual rotating testing machinery and others. Laboratory also presents an exposition “Prof. Kazimieras Vasiliauskas – pioneer of strength of material and structural mechanics in Lithuania”. It provides an educational programme “Acquaintance with an antique laboratory”. During this programme the visitors can learn many interesting facts about the laboratory’s history, significance of the testing of the strength of materials, to see the functioning of the antique laboratory equipment of the University of Lithuania and watch the conducted demonstration of tests.

Exposition can be visited only with a prior agreement at KTU School of Economics and Business (K. Donelaičio St. 20, room 116) on working days 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Visiting of the exposition is free of charge.

 

Collections

Collections

The Museum of Kaunas University of Technology collects, stores, examines, displays and promotes the museum’s values reflecting the University’s history: origin, traditions, areas of activities, history of its divisions, famous people, heritage; it represents the University of today, reveals its impact on the development of the state and society, significance to the local science and culture.

Museum’s values and archived material consist of the exhibits related to Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas Polytechnic Institute and University of Lithuania (since 1930 – Vytautas Magnus University), their divisions, buildings and people. Foundation of these collections – devices of the physics and chemistry laboratories, teaching tools from the inter-war period, devices created by the scientists of Kaunas Polytechnic Institute and used in the teaching process, theses, dissertations, documents, personal items, attributes of the student construction groups, gifts, furniture and other items. As well as personal items of the Rector Kazimieras Baršauskas and a part of Prof. Kazimieras Vasiliauskas Laboratory of Material Strength with authentic equipment of the inter-war period transferred to the Museum in 2014. Museum displays these collections in the expositions, exhibitions, at the Museum and at the divisions.

 

The most interesting exhibits

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