The Museum was set up and its statute approved on June 21, 1999, by the order of the Commandant of the Academy, and on October 9 registered at the Ministry of Culture.
Its appearance was initiated by the enthusiasts Pranas Jankauskas, COL; the then Deputy Commandant for Military Training, at present - for Academic Training; Juozas Banikonis, retired LTC; instructor; and Vladas Rakutis, senior lecturer. We owe them the first museum exhibits of well over 400 we are having today.
The museum exhibits, accumulates and preserves material related to national officer training history. At here one can find a very interesting collection of Cadet Corps formed in Warsaw in the 18th century - the first military school training officers for the Polish-Lithuanian State forces, and about concurrent private military schools of noblemen in Nesvyţius and Gardinas.
The exhibition of the Military School of Lithuania, having born by the Independence Fights on
January 25, 1919, and its activities up to 1940, is one of the museum’s
axis. It provides historical photo pictures, publications, pieces of officer outfit, and visiting cards.
However the largest section of exhibition presents the National Defence School (1992-1994), since 1994 the Military Academy of Lithuania. Among the exhibits of our latest history are uniform stripes and tabs, printed teaching aids, invitation cards to the first class graduation ceremony, etc.
On 21 November 1998, the Military Academy was named for Partisan General Jonas Zemaitis and the appellation grant testifies the solemn event. The photographs of Ţemaitis and his classmates, visiting and correspondence cards speak to us of pre-war Military School of Lithuania.
The Museum carries the mission of representing the Academy to its national and international guests and the mission of linking pre-war Military School with the Military Academy of Lithuania.
Academy seeks that the Museum continues and fosters nation’s military traditions, that its collections are available for visitors, be it cadets or school students, academy staff or anyone who is interested in the history of military schools. In addition the Museum can offer a collection of video material on fights for freedom; cadets’ exercises on firing grounds; Academy’s cultural life and celebrations.
Besides the Museum implements some educational accomplishments. Its lectures organised for cadets and high school students on military training issues in pre-war Lithuania complements young people’s development of citizen values. The environment and relaxed mutual communication facilitate to reach the aim of lectures. Academy pursues that the Museum’s activities were living, engaging and dynamic.
We welcome any exhibit you may have and wish to make a present for the Museum (Military School’s graduation certificates, badges, decorations or any other material of interest). Please do not hesitate and come!
The Museum and the Military Academy welcome its visitors. You will be provided a glimpse of academic and every day life in the Academy, as well as information you are interested in including admission requirements.
The Military Academy of Lithuania
Military Academy Club (Ramove)
5A Silo Str.
Vilnius, LT – 10322
Tel. +370 5 210 35 24
Fax: +370 5 212 73 18