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.