Exhibition of the Money Museum: an interactive journey

The exhibition was opened on 21 December 2010 in the restored premises at Totorių street 2/8 in Vilnius (author of the project — architect D. Juškienė). The exhibition’s area is 260 m2. It is adapted for the different needs of visitors, it is convenient for people of various ages as well as those with handicaps. Lifts for handicapped people operate at the museum. The handles for pulling out the stand drawers are at a comfortable height. Some of the exhibition’s stands have automatic moving transporters that, with the help of a button, allow regulating the height for viewing the plates with the exhibits and the magnifying glasses. The key information at the museum is presented in Lithuanian and English, but a multi-language audio-guide has been installed with portable electronic devices that have touch sensitive screens and this allows the user to select a tour of the museum in another language. Visitors who are visually impaired are provided with a special audio-guide that has easy-to-find buttons. Visitors that are hearing impaired can use a tablet computer that presents the exhibition in sign language.

For visually handicapped visitors, the Museum offers a special audio guide. For people with hearing disability, the narration about the Museum’s exhibition is translated into sign language on the screen of a tablet computer.

The Money Museum is an interactive museum not only adapted to passively viewing the exposition, but also to the visitor’s active participation in the cognitive process. The Museum is equipped with computer terminals that have special programmes, specially-oriented internet access, thematic, educational and documentary films, games, presentations, virtual exhibitions. A lot of attention is paid towards the encouragement and promotion of economic education. The Money Museum’s visual graphic solutions, integration of pieces of art, various interactive means, visual, sound and light effects have not only been employed to interest and provide the visitor with knowledge, but to help accumulate and consolidate that knowledge, to encourage them to go into detail, interpret and search for answers on their own. For the convenience of individual visitors, an informational terminal is available about the set-up of the halls, exhibitions in the Museum. The first surprise awaits visitors as soon as they enter the Museum. As they approach a phone that was used at the Bank of Lithuania during the inter-war period, it suddenly rings and a message lights up: “Please pick up the phone”. When visitors answer the call, they can hear a greeting from the Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania and are invited to explore the Museum.
There are five exhibition halls in the Museum: History of Money, History of Banking, Modern Money, Lithuania’s Money, Exhibition and Education.
Taking the stairs down to the History of Money Hall, visitors are met with an artistic composition above the door — “Architectural Exposure” — made from the national banknotes of European Union states with built-in calculating machines (artist L. Pivoriūnas).

The disintegrated banknotes became for the artist their construction material, a perfect means of artistic expression and a symbol marking Europe’s transition into a new epoch.

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