Learn to speak Lithuanian

The Winter  2021 session of our popular Lithuanian Language classes begins in January, 2021. Spaces are limited. Classes are taught online using Zoom.

Buy a Brick:
Honor a Loved One

The engraved gold and silver ‘bricks’ or plates on the Balzekas Museum Honored Benefactor Wall and inscribed in the Bronze Benefactor Album recognize donors whose generosity has contributed to the Museum’s growth and ongoing success. Pay tribute to your own or a loved one’s name and Lithuanian heritage while supporting the Museum. Buy a Brick today! 

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The founder and past president of the Balzekas Museum, the late Stanley Balzekas Jr., stands next to the Honored Benefactors plaque at the Balzekas Museum.
The founder and past president of the Balzekas Museum, the late Stanley Balzekas Jr., stands next to the Honored Benefactors plaque at the Balzekas Museum.

Add Your Voice to our Oral History Project!

In celebration of 150 years of Lithuanian immigration to the United States, the Balzekas Museum is launching an exciting new project entitled: “Lithuanian Life and Landmarks in America”.  Collecting and preserving oral histories of Lithuanian immigrants and their descendants throughout the United States is integral to this project.  These histories and the Museum’s archives will be used to develop both physical and online exhibits as well as interactive maps and tours documenting where and how Lithuanian Americans lived, worked, studied, prayed, and played. 

To ensure the history and contributions of Lithuanian Americans are preserved for future generations, the Balzekas Museum invites Lithuanian immigrants and their descendants throughout the United States to fill out the following questionnaire:

The Balzekas Museum programs and operations are partially supported by grants from the Illinois Humanities, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Lithuanian Foundation, the City of Chicago, DCASE, Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, and Museum members and donors. The Balzekas Museum gratefully acknowledges these individuals and entities for their support.

The Balzekas Museum Sign and Logo

LABAS!

The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture is abiding by the Governor’s mandated shut-down of Illinois museums and is currently closed to visitors. Please call if you have any questions or if you wish to schedule a virtual visit: 773.582.6500. All online Gift Shop orders will be fulfilled.

The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture greatly acknowledges the support of the following grant-making organizations:

Currently on view:

In this time of uncertainty, “No Home To Go To”, the story of Baltic refugees displaced from their homelands at the end of  World War II,  has lessons for today, most notably, about the resilience of the human spirit. Come see this compelling exhibit at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 South Pulaski Rd., Chicago IL 60521.

Open by appointment – 10am to 4pm weekdays, 12pm to 4pm Sundays – Call 773.582.6500 to schedule your visit.

Tours to Lithuania Paused

Americans without non-EU passports are not permitted to travel to Europe.  Consequently, all Museum tours are on hold until travel bans are lifted.  Please check back for regular updates.

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