Lithuanian National Museum of Art is a public institution granted the national museum status by the Government of Lithuania in 1997. Originally founded in 1933, the museum is one of the oldest and leading institutions of its kind in the country, the member of ICOM. It is distinguished for its rich Fine Arts collection that totals to about 250 thousand exhibit items which represent Old and Contemporary Master Paintings, Sculpture Prints and Drawings, Applied and Folk Art as well rare amber stone and jewellery specimens and other museum objects. Geographically the museum covers nearly all the territory of the Republic of Lithuania through the network of its branch museums, including Vilnius Picture Gallery, the Museum of Applied Arts and Design, the Radvila Palace Musem of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Vytautas Kasiulis Museum of Art that are located in the country’s capital city Vilnius, as well the Clock Museum and Pranas Domšaitis Gallery in Klaipėda city, the Palanga Amber Museum in Palanga and Pamarys Gallery in Juodkrantė, the popular coastal resort towns. In addition, the Lithuanian National Museum of Art is a renown centre for preservation works carried out by its Pranas Gudynas Restoration Centre.