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The museum invited its first visitors on 14 February 2003, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Vilnius city central power station. At the time, the museum only took a mere 13% of the floor space of the former power station and the rest of the building was in very rough shape.
In order to bring itself up to a level that meets the expectations of a modern society, in 2005, the museum prepared an ambitious expansion project “Reorganising the Lithuanian Museum of Energetics into the Lithuanian Museum of Technology, and adapting an object of cultural and historic heritage – the premises of the first central power station of Vilnius – for public tourism needs”.
At the time, the president of the History and Philosophy Association of the Baltic States, prof. hab. dr. J. A. Krištopaitis wrote in the press: “All countries of the Western civilisation have long since established impressive museums in technical fields which not only fulfil the educational mission of a cultural and historic monument but also play the role of an attractive tourist attraction. In this field, due to a lack of insight, we are loosing valuable monuments in technological fields every day, thus impoverishing our culture and the values of its technological thought. The Lithuanian Museum of Energetics has all the potential to become an interesting Museum of Technology”.
On 13 July 2006, the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuanian Business Support Agency and the Lithuanian Museum of Energetics signed a support provision agreement for this project. Amount of support – 10.9 million litas. By implementing the project, which was supported from the European Union Structural Funds, Lithuania saved a historically interesting and important industrial specimen of technology in its original location with its original equipment and surroundings, which both help convey the Zeitgeist of the passed times.
In the end of 2008, the museum completed the implementation of the European Union Structural Funds project “Reorganising the Lithuanian Museum of Energetics into the Lithuanian Museum of Technology, and adapting an object of cultural and historic heritage – the premises of the first central power station of Vilnius – for public tourism needs”, and achieved the main objective of the project: the industrial building was reconstructed preserving the authentic equipment of the powerhouse, and adapted for cultural and tourism needs. The small and little-known Lithuanian Museum of Energetics grew from 800 to 5000 m² and became the largest museum in Lithuania to encompass various fields of technological heritage. The historic power station building, once situated on the edge of the city, after the building of King Mindaugas Bridge, has naturally joined the set of the most famous tourist attractions of Vilnius: the Gediminas castle and Cathedral Square are right nearby, on the other side of river Neris.
The pride of the museum, of course, is and has been the power station building itself and its equipment, which was still operational not long ago. However, now we can take pride in more than an integrated preservation of industrial heritage. Now one can marvel at classic cars, enjoy interactive science expositions, which have been popular in science and technology museums all around the world for decades, as well as learn about industry in Vilnius. During the reconstruction, the old architecture of the building received new modern joints with contemporary solutions: a wind and solar energy powerhouse was installed on the roof. It helps the museum in presenting eco-friendly energetics and new technology in this area, as well as to cut down on electricity costs.

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