Taking a peek at the history of the Lithuanian litas as well as currencies across the world, Vilnius’s Money Museum is not some dusty old relic but a contemporary exhibition on two floors of the former Bank of Lithuania. Completely reworked and reopened in 2010, the collections feature plenty of interactive fun, hordes of precious coins, and banks of computers programmed to flash up facts and figures on any currency you care to name. The museum also has a serious side, looking at the development of money from its origins as a primitive bartering system right up to the manufacture of coins and paper money. Further displays examine the history of banking and a long-term exhibition celebrates the return of precious silverware to Lithuania after the fall of Communism in 1991. The highlights of a visit are undoubtedly the scales that reveal your weight in gold and other precious metals. There is a small offshoot of the Money Museum in Kaunas.
Located at Totorių Street 2/8, the Money Museum is open to the public for free. In April through October, it is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. From November through March, it has earlier hours: Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.