This tiny museum focuses on ethnography and also hosts temporary exhibitions in the city’s oldest building, dating from 1614, at Kranto gatv? 21.
The Gates of Dawn houses the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the black-and-gold 'miracle-working' Virgin Mary icon. A gift from the Crimea by Grand Duke Algirdas in 1363, it is one of the holiest icons in Polish Catholicism, and the faithful arrive in droves to offer it whispered prayer.
With its single tower, this church owes much to baroque reconstruction, especially inside, but the original 15th-century Gothic shape of its windows remains. It was probably founded by Vytautas around 1410 and now has nine altars. The tomb of Maironis stands outside the south wall.