Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, National Museum

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, National Museum

Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, National Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Mary E
    Los Angeles, California71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent and Beautiful Museum
    Super-lovely museum and very informative. This is a truly beautifully crafted modern museum that is extremely impressive and informative. I had a lovely afternoon learning so much about Lithuanian history. I highly recommend this stunning museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • 150rajibs
    Jacksonville, Florida323 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Tapestries from the Sixteenth Century
    A national museum, as would be expected, is comprehensive in its presentation. However, this one, located in Old Vilnius, is worth a visit for among reasons, it is built on the ruins of the destroyed palace of the grand dukes of Lithuania. The archeological excavations are exposed behind glass floors and walls and explained in great detail in English as well as Lithuanian. The history of the country is superbly documented. The highlight, though, during my visit was the exhibition of the Tapestry Collection of the grand duke Sigismund Augustus and the King of Poland. The collection is on view until July 16. These are magnificent creations of textiles from the sixteenth century displaying scenes from the Bible, wilderness, and rural areas. The huge pieces of art are hung in large rooms with sophisticated lighting that highlights the thread work and are accompanied by informative notes on the sides. The tapestries were created between 1550 and 1560 by weavers in Brussels and many carry the initials SA - for the Duke who commissioned them. This artistic treasure was saved during World War II by having it moved to Canada. Thanks to that we can appreciate this highest level of craftsmanship! The museum offers a 50 percent discount on admission to those over 65. Need to show proof.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • TheShis
    Tel Aviv, Israel41,102 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    An underwhelming palace.
    This is a somehow underwhelming palace, featuring several floors (with the lowers being of archeological themes). THe state rooms are not particularly interesting nor impressive. Visit on a Sunday, when entrance is free (you still need to get a ticket, but it's free).
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 November 2023
  • matthow
    Newport, United Kingdom415 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating medieval history.
    Excellent national museum. I could tell it was good as I learned things! Well put together displays and at 12 euro for the full ticket which you will easily spend 3 hours doing the full ticket , good value. Great displays and very clear explanations: it was interesting to learn the history of Lithuania right from pre dark ages almost all the way through the middle ages and beyond. I had no idea for example Lithuania was pagan for so long! I particularly enjoyed the arms and armour exhibit, although small, and the recreated historical rooms you could walk through were an excellent feature also. I would say for young kids the full ticket might be a bit much but if you are an adult and have an interest in history definitely worth it. Excellent cloakroom also!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 December 2023
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,320 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for a Rainy Day
    We had a very rainy morning when we visited Vilnius and had planned for a self guided walking tour but we decided to change our plans to visit this museum and we are glad we did. There is a lot of information here and some very well written exhibits and a good audio guide. There is a lot to see at the museum here and you could easily spend 2-3 hours if you want to see everything. Entrance ticket to see everything is 12 euros but they have different tickets if you only want to see certain exhibitions so you can pick and choose what you'd like to see. If you choose 2 tours the more expensive of the two will be 50% off. We felt tour 1 and 2 were the most interesting to us with your 1 being the history of the palace and Lithuania and tour 2 was the rebuilt grand palace. We paid for the audio guide which was only 1 Euro and great to listen along too because it gave more information on the most interesting items in the exhibition. We did do both tours back to back and felt it was a lot to take in. We enjoyed tour 1 the most of the two because of all the information available and the ability to see the ruins and basement of the palace that used to be here. It also has models to show the development of the area including the old walls and how things like the Gediminas Tower, Vilnius Cathedral and palace were incorporated into it. We felt tour 2 was worth the fee as well and there is an area at the end of tour 1 where museum attendants will check your tickets. It was not as interesting as tour 1 but you get to see recreations of the palace. The highlight of tour 2 was climbing the tower to get the views of the city and Gediminas Tower. There is also a painting of Madonna and child in this part of the museum which is considered to be a masterpiece. At the end of tour 2 there are some royal artifacts and copies from the crypts of Vilnius Cathedral of King Sigismund II Augustus and his family members which were neat to see. Tour 3 and 4 contain weapons, items for everyday life, and musical instruments but we did not find these as interesting and did not go. In the lobby area there is an entrance for tours 1 and 2 and a separate entrance for 3/4 so it can easily help break up your visit. The lobby area had a free coat check and lockers that took a 1 Euro coin deposit which you got back upon return of the key. The bathrooms in the lobby area require a small fee but are free to those who have a ticket and they can scan their barcodes to enter. We also appreciated that they had an umbrella locker so you could leave your wet umbrellas to drip. The museum is very central to a lot of the sights and attractions of Vilnius and if it continued to be rainy we probably would have spent 3 or more hours here to see all the tour routes in the museum.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2024
  • Aburel
    Bucharest, Romania3,146 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a go
    Vas very curious to visit as did not existed years ago when my first visit occurred. Both a palace and a history museum of Lithuania. You have a lot to see and learn about the country. The first tour is about history and the second is about palace itself. Thinking it was done from scratch it is a gem.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 June 2024
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Aburel
Bucharest, Romania3,146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
Vas very curious to visit as did not existed years ago when my first visit occurred. Both a palace and a history museum of Lithuania. You have a lot to see and learn about the country. The first tour is about history and the second is about palace itself. Thinking it was done from scratch it is a gem.
Written 15 June 2024
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Jenny d
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Firstly staff were rude and unwelcoming. When I got separated from my husband the staff refused to allow me to go back through the exhibition to find him. The highlight of our trip was to see the restored rooms in section 4. We checked the website for opening hours and it was supposed to been open. Having visited spent two hours looking at the foundations and other exhibits we looked for section 4 and were told it was closed. Perhaps you could endear yourselves more to visitors and be more courteous and also inform visitors that certain sections were closed
Written 28 May 2024
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M09_S11_M18
Zurich, Switzerland714 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
It is a historical place in Vilnius that not only carries memories but also a treasure of the country! I am kind sure that anyone would be amazed by visiting it. A recommended place for all ages people.
Written 18 May 2024
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We had a very rainy morning when we visited Vilnius and had planned for a self guided walking tour but we decided to change our plans to visit this museum and we are glad we did. There is a lot of information here and some very well written exhibits and a good audio guide.

There is a lot to see at the museum here and you could easily spend 2-3 hours if you want to see everything. Entrance ticket to see everything is 12 euros but they have different tickets if you only want to see certain exhibitions so you can pick and choose what you'd like to see. If you choose 2 tours the more expensive of the two will be 50% off.

We felt tour 1 and 2 were the most interesting to us with your 1 being the history of the palace and Lithuania and tour 2 was the rebuilt grand palace. We paid for the audio guide which was only 1 Euro and great to listen along too because it gave more information on the most interesting items in the exhibition. We did do both tours back to back and felt it was a lot to take in. We enjoyed tour 1 the most of the two because of all the information available and the ability to see the ruins and basement of the palace that used to be here. It also has models to show the development of the area including the old walls and how things like the Gediminas Tower, Vilnius Cathedral and palace were incorporated into it.

We felt tour 2 was worth the fee as well and there is an area at the end of tour 1 where museum attendants will check your tickets. It was not as interesting as tour 1 but you get to see recreations of the palace. The highlight of tour 2 was climbing the tower to get the views of the city and Gediminas Tower. There is also a painting of Madonna and child in this part of the museum which is considered to be a masterpiece. At the end of tour 2 there are some royal artifacts and copies from the crypts of Vilnius Cathedral of King Sigismund II Augustus and his family members which were neat to see.

Tour 3 and 4 contain weapons, items for everyday life, and musical instruments but we did not find these as interesting and did not go. In the lobby area there is an entrance for tours 1 and 2 and a separate entrance for 3/4 so it can easily help break up your visit. The lobby area had a free coat check and lockers that took a 1 Euro coin deposit which you got back upon return of the key. The bathrooms in the lobby area require a small fee but are free to those who have a ticket and they can scan their barcodes to enter. We also appreciated that they had an umbrella locker so you could leave your wet umbrellas to drip.

The museum is very central to a lot of the sights and attractions of Vilnius and if it continued to be rainy we probably would have spent 3 or more hours here to see all the tour routes in the museum.
Written 22 April 2024
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Laura C
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A fantastic museum. Do the full 10 euro tour and see the archaeological remains of the palace destroyed by the Russians. Rebuilt in its entirety over the last twenty years ; they have done a brilliant job.
Written 10 February 2024
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matthow
Newport, UK415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Excellent national museum. I could tell it was good as I learned things! Well put together displays and at 12 euro for the full ticket which you will easily spend 3 hours doing the full ticket , good value. Great displays and very clear explanations: it was interesting to learn the history of Lithuania right from pre dark ages almost all the way through the middle ages and beyond. I had no idea for example Lithuania was pagan for so long! I particularly enjoyed the arms and armour exhibit, although small, and the recreated historical rooms you could walk through were an excellent feature also. I would say for young kids the full ticket might be a bit much but if you are an adult and have an interest in history definitely worth it. Excellent cloakroom also!
Written 10 December 2023
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,102 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
This is a somehow underwhelming palace, featuring several floors (with the lowers being of archeological themes).
THe state rooms are not particularly interesting nor impressive.
Visit on a Sunday, when entrance is free (you still need to get a ticket, but it's free).
Written 5 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

PMVHS
La Grande-Verriere, France91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I highly recommend the historical itinerary. Beautiful building and clear historical explanations. Very interesting.
Written 8 October 2023
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Tomi Wickman
Helsinki, Finland2,888 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Interesting layers of the ruins of the castle untill today. The crown juwellery was a bit dissapointment but nice anyway.
Written 16 September 2023
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150rajibs
Jacksonville, FL323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
A national museum, as would be expected, is comprehensive in its presentation. However, this one, located in Old Vilnius, is worth a visit for among reasons, it is built on the ruins of the destroyed palace of the grand dukes of Lithuania. The archeological excavations are exposed behind glass floors and walls and explained in great detail in English as well as Lithuanian. The history of the country is superbly documented. The highlight, though, during my visit was the exhibition of the Tapestry Collection of the grand duke Sigismund Augustus and the King of Poland. The collection is on view until July 16. These are magnificent creations of textiles from the sixteenth century displaying scenes from the Bible, wilderness, and rural areas. The huge pieces of art are hung in large rooms with sophisticated lighting that highlights the thread work and are accompanied by informative notes on the sides. The tapestries were created between 1550 and 1560 by weavers in Brussels and many carry the initials SA - for the Duke who commissioned them. This artistic treasure was saved during World War II by having it moved to Canada. Thanks to that we can appreciate this highest level of craftsmanship!
The museum offers a 50 percent discount on admission to those over 65. Need to show proof.
Written 3 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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