Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

6500 South Pulaski Road
773-582-6500

About Us:

Founded in 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, the Balzekas Museum is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Lithuanian culture. The Museum celebrates the notable achievements of Lithuanian Americans, the Lithuanian nation, and Lithuanian communities world wide. The Balzekas Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

History:

The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian culture was founded in 1966 by Stanley Balzekas, Jr., in a two-flat building at 4012 S. Archer Avenue, next to the Balzekas Motor Sales automobile dealership in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood. The basis for the Museum's collection was the Balzekas family's collection of rare maps, armor, and art. Other major gifts and purchases followed. With the help of an active core of volunteers, the museum's collections, exhibitions and programs developed.

The Museum moved to its present location, at 6500 South Pulaski Road in 1986. After extensive remodeling, the former Von Solbrig Hospital building was turned into a modern museum with a permanent exhibition hall, art galleries, a library, a children's museum, a ballroom, a theater, workshops, and offices. The Museum has approximately 2,700 active members. 



Reviews

Erica White

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Friday, July 13, 2018
The staff are helpful and social, I had pleasant conversations with many of them while walking through the exhibits. If you are interested in Baltic history, WII, or the Cold War, this museum offers a great perspective.

Rt Wl

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Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
As a descendant of Lithuanians, I have long been fascinated by Lithuanian culture and traditions. Keeping alive the many histories: the early tribes, medieval Lithuania, Vilnius as a Jewish center of scholarship, the Napolean era, the Nazis and the Soviets, and the often tough life Lithuanians faced if they emigrated - this is critical. After 20 years of interest in Lithuania, I was fortunate to be able to visit this important museum, the only one of its kind in North America. Besides exhibits on all the eras of Lithuania history, there is a large collection of art and a great children's museum. They also have the largest genealogical library outside of Lithuania.

Anthony Kirchikov

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Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
An amazing collection of artifacts dating back a few hundred years! A true gem!

Jonathan Sánchez Leos

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Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013
This place is a hidden gem on the South Side and should definitely be visited more often. Is it Museum Campus worthy? Big no. But what makes this place interesting is the glimpse it gives you of Lithuanian Chicago, of which few outside that community are aware.

Dan McFalls

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Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015
Found it very interesting. Knew very little about Lithuania and their culture until I visited this museum. Was pleased with the visit. Thank you!