Advance booking is required for educational classes (tel. +370 5 2697800, +370 5 2697803, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
Classes take place from Tuesday to Friday, 11 am – 5 pm.
The size of a group of schoolchildren is from 15 to 30 persons.
Accompanying teachers are admitted free of charge.
For educational classes in a foreign language the price is 25 Eur plus the ticket price (according to the number of schoolchildren).
Educational classes take place in the Church Heritage Museum, Šv. Mykolo St. 9, Vilnius.
We will discover the image of St. Casimir, a whole story of his life and veneration. The ideal of prince Casimir is expressed in the words of a Psalm: “The one who has clean hands and a pure heart” (Ps 24, 4). The young prince lived in times when his royal status and political power ensured him privileges, luxury and pleasures, and a person needed a lot of bravery, endurance, and dedication to resist the pressure of his family and relatives to live as “everybody else”… Grades: 5–12. Duration – 80 min. Price – 3,50 Eur.
We will discover the history of the treasury of Vilnius Cathedral. Valuable objects of the treasury burned in fires several times, the hiding places were plundered by thieves and the cathedral was raided by enemies searching for treasures. In the practical part of the class we will go on a treasure hunt. A hint will lead to another hint, a difficult charade will follow a riddle, and only some knowledge of history will help us find the answers... If we solve everything, a treasure will be waiting for us. Grades: 7–12. Duration – 80 min. Price – 3,50 Eur.
The treasury of Vilnius Cathedral was carefully protected from thieves, fire and enemies who attacked Vilnius during the wars. Not once the artefacts of the treasury had been pawned, and the deteriorated pieces were recast. It is a miracle that the valuable part of the treasury has reached our times. In the practical part of the class we will draw an ancient treasure map. Grades: 1–4. Duration – 80 min. Price – 3,50 Eur.
Symbols are very important to people and have a deep meaning. What does a cross, an eye, a triangle or a dove symbolise? Why is a fish one of the oldest secret symbols of Jesus Christ? While admiring beautiful liturgical vessels, we will decipher the language of symbols and learn to make jewellery using the shrink plastic technique. Grades: 1–12. Duration – 90 min. Price – 3,50 Eur.
Dedicated to prayer, nuns lived a closed life invisible to the eyes of passers-by. What was happening behind the thick walls of the convent? What was the daily routine of the sisters? And what events would disrupt the slow and unvarying days of the Bernardine nuns? We’ll perform a fun task requiring some effort, patience and diligence (we’ll have a try at the technique of embroidery on paper or the Gothic script). Grades: 5–12. Duration – 90 min. Price – 3,50 Eur.
Educational classes in the Cathedral‘s crypts and treasury (Šv. Mykolo St. 9)
We will descend into the crypts of Vilnius Cathedral and see the ancient burials, the royal mausoleum and the earliest fresco in Lithuania. We will explore the treasury of Vilnius Cathedral, which remained hidden in the times of war and turmoil and is currently exhibited in the newly renovated Saint Michael’s Church. The size of a group of schoolchildren is up to 60 persons. Grades: 1–12. Duration – 2 hours. Price – 4,50 Eur.
What can bricks, splinters of pottery or even bones tell us? They have been attracting the interest of scientists of various fields: historians, anthropologists and archaeologists. We will try to look at the cathedral crypts through their eyes. We offer you an interesting tour followed by a practical part, in which you yourselves can become archaeologists. Using special tools we will excavate the prepared “cultural layer” and come across quite many curious and perhaps even amazing finds. We will try to understand what the finds can tell us about the cathedral, its crypts and the inhabitants of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The size of a group of schoolchildren is up to 24 persons. Grades: 5–11. Duration – 2 hours. Price – 4,50 Eur.