Permanent exhibition

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.    For people with hearing disability, the narration about the Museum’s exhibition is translated into sign language on the screen of a tablet computer.

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.

The invitation of the Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania to become acquainted with the Money Museum    The invitation of the Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania to become acquainted with the Money Museum    “Architectural Exposure”    “Architectural Exposure”

The history of Money Hall
The History of Money Hall presents the development of money from its most primitive forms, such as grain, cowrie shells, furs, amber, up until modern electronic money. In the context of world money, the money of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Republic of Lithuania (1918–1940 and after 1990) is also presented.
The exposition is grouped by easily understandable and memorable themes and presents the key stages in the history of money: “When goods still were money”, “When money became metal”, “Ancient Greece — pioneer of struck coins”, etc. In the centre of the exposition, ancient coin hoards and jewellery articles with coins are exhibited. At the improvised mint the visitor can view the development of coinage techniques — from the tools used in a reconstructed primitive 15th century mint, the screw press of later times to footage of the production of contemporary coins using modern coinage devices. Using one of the oldest means of production, visitors can pretend that they are minters and on their own strike a souvenir 1 penny token. The silicone mannequin of a striker in a typical 15th–16th century outfit, along with specially selected exhibits, become a means for arousing emotions, taking the visitor back to the past, enabling them to feel a participant of historic times.
The interactive device “Which metal is the heaviest?” gives the opportunity to lift imitations of gold, silver and copper alloys in order to feel the weight of the metals, the differences, while the informational poster has an explanation on the density of the metals and other physical parameters.
One interactive device favoured by visitors is a scale that informs a person how much they would cost if they were made of gold, silver or platinum. The device is also linked via computer connection to the internet and the Bank of Lithuania database. A person’s body mass is converted into the mass of gold and other metals and according to actual exchange rates the person’s value is calculated in euro, dollars or another selected currency. The visitor can see the answer on the screen of a computer terminal or on a printed souvenir token.
The floor is illuminated with an artistic installation, reminiscent of a river, called “Googol” (artist A. Gerlikas), which symbolically sums up the whole idea of the hall — that the history of humanity has seen various money, a multitude of its forms, size and minting techniques.

Showcase of monetary alloys    Artistic installation “Googol”     Tour of the History of Money Hall    At the improvised money mint    At the improvised money mint

The Exhibition and Education Hall
The Exhibition and Education Hall is dedicated to lectures, conferences and temporary exhibitions. It provides speakers with the possibility of accessing the internet, using audio and visual technology, DVD or other multimedia. The exhibition “The Return of Lost Valuables” was opened in the hall, which presents silver jewellery from Lithuania, Russia, the Soviet Union. The articles and jewellery were acquired by the Bank of Lithuania from precious metal-buying centres at the time of the restoration of Lithuania’s independence with the aim of using the depreciating rubles and protecting valuables from being taken to Moscow.

Exhibition “The Return of Lost Valuables”    Educational lecture    Edukacinė paskaita    Largest coin pyramid in the world

At the end of 2014 the largest coin pyramid in the world was erected at the Money Museum — made from a million Lithuanian one-cent coins. This achievement was given over to be registered in the Guiness Book of World Records.

The History of Banking Hall
The History of Banking Hall introduces the beginning of banking operations, the first medieval stratum, central and joint stock commercial banks. Along with the exhibits displayed in the showcases, the role of the Bank of Lithuania in pushing through a money reform in 1922, stabilising the country’s financial and credit market during the years of global crisis is revealed, the fall of banking following Lithuania’s occupation by the Soviets is highlighted. The period is illustrated through unique exhibits: the book “Bank of Lithuania. Gold Reserves Abroad”, which registers all of the gold reserves of the state, the Bank of Lithuania’s cashier furniture and world materials. Securities from the end of the 19th c.–first half of the 20th c. are exhibited: bonds, shares, loans, collateral sheets and so on. Detailed information on the activities of the Bank of Lithuania in the inter-war period in performing the issuing of currency, gathering foreign currency and gold reserves, promoting economic development is presented in the terminal with the virtual exhibition “Money in Lithuania 1914–1945”. The hour-long visual story discusses the five thematic divisions with sub-divisions. The text of the virtual exposition and the visual material demonstrated reveal the political, economic and financial situation in Lithuania from the beginning of World War One and restoration of the State to Soviet occupation and the end of World War Two.
The Hall’s exhibition is completed with topics dedicated to World War II and the occupation, the 1945–1990 Soviet financial and credit system.

The History of Banking Hall    Book The Bank of Lithuania. Gold Reserves Abroad    The first ATM in Lithuania, installed in 1995, was in the central building of AB Vilnius bank (Gedimino pr. 10).     Moving on to the Modern Money Hall visitors are introduced to investment opportunities via monitors that demonstrate trade in shares in real time at the NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in the Baltic countries.

The Contemporary Money Hall
World money exhibited in the Contemporary Money Hall introduces visitors to the banknotes and coins used in different countries today. The visitor can only view the banknotes, exhibited in special drawers, after pulling open a drawer with the name of a selected country. The drawers are connected by special sensors to a computer programme which activates the screen on a video wall and presents on it different additional information about the selected country: its political system, area, population, GDP per capita, all denominations of presently valid circulation banknotes and coins, other economic and financial data. This information can be seen by the visitor on a giant screen by using a computer terminal, where the precise statistical data of almost 200 world states is presented.
In this hall a lot of attention is paid to Lietuvos bankas — the central bank of the Republic of Lithuania. The exhibits displayed in the showcases tell about the production of contemporary Lithuanian money, its productions materials, the technological solutions applied by different producers; uncirculated specimen banknotes are also on display. The posters in place in the hall highlight the history of the Bank of Lithuania since its establishment in 1990 to the present day, the way covered while joining the European System of Central Banks, and the actions taken in adopting the single currency of the European Union, the euro. On the computer terminals the visitor can find more detailed information about the functions of the Bank of Lithuania, view a cartoon for school-age children about the primary objective of central banks — maintaining price stability, familiarise oneself with banknote security features and immediately verify the authenticity, by UV detection, of a banknote held in their hand.

The Contemporary Money Hall    Interactive exposition “Money of the World”    Symbolic Euro Star, presented by the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, to Vitas Vasiliauskas, Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania.

The Lithuanian Money Hall
In the Lithuanian Money Hall, furniture with eight vertical automatic conveyors is assembled. On each of the conveyors, 30 plastic cards with the coins of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Republic of Lithuania and other territories, which had been in circulation in our country, are assembled. By pushing a button the visitor may regulate the height of viewing the cards with the coins, raise or pull down the lens, which also enables them to examine the barely visible tiny elements of a coin. Stationary cases display the commemorative (collectors) coins of the Republic of Lithuania, and the 20 pull-out cases display the banknotes used in our country from the late 18th century to the present.
The hall posters highlight two stages in the issue of Lithuanian money — the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Republic of Lithuania and on a TV screen documentaries about the creation of Lithuanian coins and banknotes are shown non-stop.

550 coins are presented on the eight automatic conveyors.    The pride and joy of the museum — a collection of gold coins from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania    Ištraukiami stendaileidžia apžiūrėti banknotus iš abiejų pusių    Pull-out stands allow examining the banknotes from all sides     The population of Lithuania — 3 million, same as the number of litas banknotes that are exhibited in this case.

The electronic library
In the electronic library — four computer terminals with chairs. A visitor can see in one place all of the Money Museum’s virtual material, look through it, use the services of the specialised internet. For strengthening their knowledge, three tests have been prepared: for children under 14 years old, for older visitors, and an economic test. Those who successfully answer the questions provided can expect a prize — their photograph printed on a souvenir banknote.
As they leave the Museum, visitors can not only sign the guestbook, but also leave money as a token of their visit, which will be kept in a historical safe.

        Elektroninėje bibliotekoje

Having answered the test correctly, visitors can print a souvenir banknote of “1 muštinis”.