The unique Church Heritage Museum located in the Old Town of Vilnius will appeal not only to lovers of sacred art but also to anyone interested in ancient Lithuanian culture. Exquisite masterpieces of goldsmithing, ornate examples of church textiles will impress everyone. Visitors will learn about the unique history of the Treasure of Vilnius Cathedral and its most valuable exhibits.
The Church heritage - works of art, liturgical accessories, historical documents, books, exceptional masterpieces of goldsmithing - forms a major and extremely significant part of the Lithuanian cultural heritage. The museum is located in the ensemble of the church of St. Michael the Archangel and the former Bernardine Monastery (Maironio st.), Vilnius. Church Heritage Museum is a public service institution the primary purpose of which is to protect and present sacred values to the public.
The exposition held in the space of the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, presents the most valuable museum exhibitions from the temples of Vilnius city: the Cathedral, the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the Church of St. Nicholas, and the Church of St. Therese. At the heart of the exposition are the monstrances and relics of the treasury of Vilnius Cathedral – expressive exhibits portraying the tradition of piety and masterpieces of goldsmithing. Ornate examples of church textiles and other artistic liturgical items displayed in glass showcases allow the visitors to see many new aspects of the rich history and sacred art of the Church of Lithuania.