Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

The Children's Museum brings Medieval history and the Lithuanian countryside to life!

  • 6500 S. PULASKI ROAD
    CHICAGO, IL 60629
  • TEL.: 773.582.6500
  • FAX:773.582.5133
  • Open 10 AM - 4 PM Daily
  • Closed Christmas, Easter &
    New Year's Day
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The Children's Museum of Immigrant History

Lithuania's Coat of Arms

The Children's Museum of Immigrant History was founded in 1982. One of the most popular exhibits among the Museum's younger visitors, the Children's Museum is a cultural and educational resource for children, families and schools. The mission of the Children's Museum is to offer children and their families an environment where they can learn about both medieval Lithuanian history and 19th century Lithuanian rural life. The Museum features special events, hands-on exhibits, and educational programs. Children can explore how Lithuanians and other immigrants influenced America's past and present. Visitors travel back to simpler times and places via the "Passport to Lithuania" exhibit. Children can try their hand at running a miniature farm, kneading bread dough, and using hand-crafted tools and kitchen utensils. They can see common objects, such as eggs and straw, transformed into beautiful folk art.

Lithuanian Opera Star Violeta Urmana peaks into the Lithuanian Farm house replica in the Children's Museum, a popular attraction for children of all ages!
On a visit to the Balzekas Museum, Lithuanian opera star Violeta Urmana photographs the interior of the Lithuanian farmhouse replica - a Museum attraction that's popular with children of all ages! Ms. Urmana was in Chicago in 2010 to perform Tosca at the Lyric Opera. The Museum Review editor Karilė Vaitkutė (left) escorted Ms. Urmana on her tour of the Museum.


Balzekas Children's Museum

By crossing a drawbridge, children enter "Castle Quest" and begin a search for fun and adventure in the Middle Ages.
Discover the color and pageantry of the medieval world as you travel through the castle confines. Design your own coat-of-arms and put together the plates of the four-foot Armor Jigsaw Puzzle. Within the armory, bits and pieces of medieval culture still exist in today's world.





Children of all ages love the Children's Museum!

The Children's Museum at the Balzekas Museum of Lithu-anian culture is a museum within a museum. Children can use their imagination and play to recreate life in earlier times: the rural life of 19th century Lithuania and/or the excitement of a Medieval castle.

Renovated in 2005, the Children's Museum's exhibitions and programs offer children a great educational experience, bringing history and culture to life.


Children's Museum Hours

10 - 4 p.m. daily