The aim of the history department is to study and propagate the past of Panevėžys city and region. One of the most important activities of the department is the organization of conferences “From the Past of Panevėžys” since 1998, and collections of articles, based on conference presentations, are published since 2004. Conferences-discussions to commemorate the Black Ribbon Day and the Baltic Way are organized together with G. Petkevičaitė-Bitė Public Library since 2009. New long-term expositions are being created based on the changed needs of visitors, which, in addition to the traditional way of exhibiting museum valuables, also present interactive stories. Museum gives lectures too. The staff of the department constantly collects, researches, and preserves museum valuables, publishes the accumulated exhibits, compiles books, catalogues of the collections stored in the museum collections, organizes exhibitions in the museum and public spaces of the city, conducts trips, as well as organizes events.


The department of ethnic culture collects, preserves, and propagates the ethnic cultural heritage of the country, studies it, and prepares articles or publications. The staff of the department organizes expositions, exhibitions, and ethnic events; organizes expeditions, collects ethnographic collection and ethnological material; forms an audio and video archive; conducts educational classes, as well as organizes seminars and conferences; consults participants of folklore and ethnographic ensembles, folk artists, traditional artisans and those engaged in traditional business, as well as educational and cultural workers.


The department of education and information carries out educational activities, organizes various events, develops new educational-entertainment-learning programs, taking into account the topics of the existing expositions and constantly changing exhibitions, as well as the interests and wishes of the museum guests. Maintains close contact with local residents, disseminates information about the museum’s activities.


The collection accounting and storage department is responsible for the accounting and storage of museum valuables. Employees manage the accounting documents of the exhibits, compile files, and store the exhibit collections.


Restoration and preservation department. The most required preservation works on the exhibits have been carried out since the establishment of the museum, but a special department was established only in 2000. The department employs specialists certified by the Restoration Certification Commission under the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. They have been awarded the following qualification categories of restorers of cultural valuables of the Republic of Lithuania: Ist cat. restorer of metal and metal articles, IInd cat. Restorer of wooden polychrome sculpture, IIIrd cat. restorer for preventive conservation. The museum carries out stabilization, preservation and restoration works on the exhibits, and cooperates with specialists from other Lithuanian museums. The employees of the department constantly control, record, and stabilize the microclimate of the storage rooms and exhibition halls, as well as the condition of the exhibits kept in them. Organizes exhibitions, actively participates in the activities of the museum community. Creates and conducts educational programs, which acquaint the public with the specifics of the work of restorers. The department also provides advice.