The aim of the museum is to gather, research and propagate historical documentary material that reflects the physical and spiritual forms of genocide performed by the Soviet occupiers against the Lithuanian inhabitants, demonstrates the methods and extent of resistance to the occupying regime, and commemorates genocide victims and freedom fighters.
More than 100,000 exhibits are presently housed in the archives of the museum. They are being researched, digitised and filed into a computer database.
The museum constantly arranges rotating exhibitions on historical themes, and mobile exhibitions prepared by the employees of the museum are successfully displayed not only in Lithuanian cities and towns but also in foreign countries.
The museum offers a variety of services: thematic or introductory excursions are available; headphones with the guide’s voice in English can be obtained; books published by the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania are sold; and visitors can make copies of exhibits, take photographs, and record video for an additional fee. The museum provides historical consultations, methodological help, materials for publications, and exhibits from the museum for exhibitions.
History Revealed, an educational programme prepared by employees of the museum, offers schoolchildren educational events, excursions, and viewing of documentaries. Various projects with the Ministry of Education and Science and other institutions are carried out.
Thematic evening events, presentations of exhibitions, and viewing of documentary films and movies take place in the conference hall.
The museum has over 80,000 visitors a year, the majority being tourists from various countries around the world.