Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Decorated Easter Eggs are available through the Museum Gift Shop

  • 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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A Gift Shop Book on Lithuanian Egg Decorating Traditions


Easter Egg Decorating Workshop

Date: Saturday, March 25 at 10 a.m.

Easter is the first spring holiday, celebrating Christ's resurrection and the rebirth of nature. The dyed egg is the primary symbol of Easter, signifying life, goodness and a bountiful harvest. Easter egg decorating is a family affair, done on the Saturday before Easter.

The Easter meal is begun with eggs. It is tradition to strike two eggs together: one person holds his egg while the other hits it with his own egg. The strongest egg is left uneaten. 

Visiting with relatives and friends begins in the afternoon, when it is especially common for children to visit their godparents and neighbors, where they are given Easter eggs as gifts.


Learn the ancient art of decorating eggs using the etching technique.

Participants at the Lithuanian Easter Egg WorkshopEach spring the Balzekas Museum hosts an Easter egg making workshop.

Guests Instructor:

Artist Donatas Astras


  • Museum members $10/Non-members $15
  • Children under 12 - $5

Included in the fee are an instruction sheet, pattern sheet, and etching knife as well as free admission to the Museum.

***Each participant is asked to bring 6 hard-boiled, dyed eggs to the workshop.***

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information and to register for this event by telephone, please call the Museum at 773.582.6500.


Yearound Easter Egg Exhibits at the Museum

All visitors are invited to see the exhibition of unique Easter eggs by the late artists Ursula Astras and Ramute Plioplys in the Women's Guild Room of the Balzekas Museum.

Children decorate Easter eggs at the Balzekas Museum

Programs are made possible in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, City Arts from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, the ECPC.

A Lithuanian Television program featuring artisans who make both etched and applied-wax-method Easter eggs in Lithuania. We hope to provide subtitles for this film in the future.

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