When Lithuania regained Independence, most of the ideological statues of soviet era were removed, and were heaped in warehouses and yards. In such conditions many of the statues were damaged, and they may have been totally destroyed in the future, as happened in the neighboring republics. But when Viliumas Malinauskas won a competition in 1998, the first works to prepare a museum of soviet expositions began. On 1 April 2001, Grūtas Park was officially opened.
To date, no other museum or cultural institution has endeavoured to collect or duly exhibit Soviet relics. In Grūtas Park, monumental sculptures are positioned in a 2 km-long exposition, where guard towers, fragments of concentration camps and other details resemble Siberia. Grūtas Park is situated on a 20 ha area, exhibiting 86 works by 46 authors. Such a large concentration of monuments and sculptures of ideological content in a single out-door exposition is a rare and maybe even unique phenomenon in the world.
The wooden buildings of the museum resembles a cultural houses like ones that were built in the 1940’s and 50’s. The sound, cinema and photo documentaries collected and displayed at the information centre and museum, show and denounce the ideologized Soviet propaganda culture, pseudo-science, the aims, mechanism and forms of the Soviet ideology and propaganda, and disclose the genocide of the Lithuanian nation. These are live documentaries evidencing the refined execution of the Soviet policy having recourse to military, political, ideological, artistic and other measures, concealment of crimes and worship of criminal principals.
Young visitors of the park will be able to have fun too. The soviet era attraction park in the museum will let them enjoy themselves in swings and imagine how their fathers and grandfathers used to play.