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“Very small exhibit in building”

Karaim Ethnographic exhibition
Ranked #5 of 17 things to do in Trakai
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

There was a small fee, maybe €1, to enter. Total of 3 small rooms with lots of pictures of Karaite people. They are a very small ethnic minority originally from Turkey who were brought to Lithuania in the 1400s to serve as bodyguards. Their number have greatly dwindled and now there are less than 60 of them left in Trakai and fewer than 280 in all Lithuania. In the largest room are some quite odd things - like Samurai armor and a shield made from hippopotamus hide. Forgot you ask what they were doing in the Museum.

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Reviewed 14 May 2017

Karaims are nearly extinguished and largely forgotten ethnic/ religious group. Very few of them are left and here, in Trakai, they form quite a big (in comparision) community. They are a strange group with their religion reminding Judaism though they are not Jews being descendents from long forgotten Turkish minority (at least judging by their language). It is very informative to try and find more about them

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Reviewed 30 August 2016

In three small rooms, the museum traces the history and ways of living of the Karaite people through old pictures, cultural items and religious articles. The exhibition is not very big (it takes maybe 20-30 minutes to see it) and there are some odd objects in the collection, like a samurai armament and saddle, and one is left wondering how they ended up in the collection. But as Trakai is one of very few places where these people are still living, I would definitely recommend to see the museum and get a first glimpse about their culture.

Thank Eismeerelfe
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Reviewed 28 May 2016

This was one a Karaite house of prayer. Grand Duke Vytautas brought some 400 families of Karaites (Turkish adherhents of Karaite Judaism) from the Crimea to serve as his castle guards. They somehow managed to survive the Nazi occupation and holocaust. A few Karaites still reside in this area today.

Thank bobca1947
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Reviewed 29 February 2016

A very small museum with very basic information. Just the past, basic things (no info on cousine for example) focused on just showing items and displaying them. Hardly anything on current times and how do Karaims cope today either. It was nice to see some Polish-language documents and stuff mixed in, it gave me some more insight into seeing the lives of Karaim people in Poland too. Too bad you have to pay to take photos. The staff lady didn't know English well.

Thank samttn
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