Soviet Cold War Bunker
During this tour you will reveal the most interesting facts about the shelter and civil defense in Soviet times.
During the Cold War, more than 300 civil defense shelters (also known as bunkers, vaults, fallout shelters) were built underground in Soviet Vilnius to protect residents from chemical, biological and nuclear attack, air bombardment and other threats.
A shelter that had belonged to the company Lietuvos automatika in the Naujamiestis neighbourhood holds an exposition in order to preserve an intriguing and authentic relic of a bygone era.
We invite you in not-so-obvious history to join us on a tour, during which you see under what conditions residents would have lived in case of nuclear war, you can try on a chemical protective suit and gas mask, with your own hands you can turn on the ventilation mechanisms and you can open airtight doors weighing hundreds of kilograms.
These structures made of reinforced concrete were not only isolated from the outside world, but supplied with the equipment necessary for survival: filtered air, food, medical supplies, measurement devices and even items for recreational activities.
After the collapse of the USSR, most of the shelters in Vilnius were sold, reconstructed, demolished or fell into disrepair. Some of the shelters still exist, but are inaccessible to the public.
Let‘s go underground and explore the former Cold War times bunker!